Chicago Police announced the arrests of two men wanted in connection to several ruse burglaries in Mt. Greenwood and Chicago Lawn targeting elderly residents.
Working with the Illinois State Police's Ruse Burglary Task Force, police observed two men later identified as Michael Rivera, 49, and John Miller, 32, commit a residential burglary in the 3700 block of West 87th Street, police said.
Around 10:45 a.m. March 20, officers watched Miller knock on an elderly woman's door and identify himself as a "public employee," a police media advisory said.
Miller allegedly distracted the woman, police said that his accomplice, Rivera, entered the woman's residence unnoticed stole cash while the task force watched.
Both men were arrested after the left the woman's home with the cash. The elderly woman's cash was returned, police said.
Further investigation revealed that both alleged burglars' methods and physical descriptions match those of suspects being sought in similar ruse burglary incidents reported throughout the city, targeting the elderly. This included a ruse burglary in Mt. Greenwood, which had been the subject of a police community alert on March 13.
Investigators were able to link Miller and Rivera to three additional burglaries, including two in Mt. Greenwood and another in Chicago Lawn, police said.
Rivera, of the 6500 block of South Keating Ave., is facing two felony counts of residential burglary and three felony counts of impersonating a public employee.
Miller, of the 400 block 165th Street in Hammond, IN, has been charged with two felony counts of residential burglary and one felony count of impersonating a public employee.
Both offenders appeared in Central Bond Court at 26th and California on Friday.