Police warn of doorbell-ringing Hyde Park burglars

November 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Chicago police officials are warning Hyde Park residents of burglars who forced their way into the back entrances of homes after ringing their front doorbells.

In each of the incidents, which took place during daytime hours in East Hyde Park, a man described to police as 40 to 50 years old, black, 5'4" to 5'8", and 150-180 lbs, rang a doorbell or knocked on the front entrance of the home before running around to the back of the home. He then forced his way into a back entrance of each home, where he was able to steal property, and fled.

The incidents reportedly took place on Nov. 12, in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, and Nov. 15 in the 5400  block of South Cornell Avenue.

Police recommend area residents keep their properties well lit, keep doors and windows secured, and immediately repair broken windows, doors or locks to protect themselves.

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