While an elderly woman was in her basement speaking with a man who claimed to be a water department employee, another unidentified person allegedly stole her jewelry and cash upstairs, deputies said.
At about 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, a man knocked on the front door of an elderly homeowner in the 20000 block of South Humboldt Drive in Frankfort and claimed to work for a water department, Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokeswoman for the Will County Sheriff's Office, said in an email.
The man was wearing a yellow work vest and black jacket, Hoffmeyer said, and asked the woman if he could check the inside plumbing. The two then went down to her basement and he knocked on some pipes and ran the water, she said.
Later that evening, the woman discovered she was missing five gold necklaces, three rings, two gold bracelets and $200 in cash from an upstairs dresser. She believed a second unidentified person entered her home while she was in the basement with the man who said he was a water department employee.
“The homeowner never saw a second subject. She suspected that a second individual entered her house while she was in the basement but she never actually saw a second person,” Hoffmeyer said.
Deputies were called to her home at 9:30 p.m., soon after she realized her jewelry and cash were missing.
Hoffmeyer said no arrests have been made in the case.