On Sept. 8, the man approached a resident at her home near Wise and Rosell roads, a release from Schaumburg police said. He said he was installing a fence for her neighbor and asked if she could accompany him to the backyard.
He then kept her busy for an extended period of time while an accomplice entered her home.
The man was on his cell phone the entire time and spoke in a foreign language, presumably in contact with the accomplice, the release said. He then left the woman in the backyard, claiming he’d be back shortly with construction plans, but never came back.
She later learned jewelry had been stolen from a spare bedroom.
Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect, who is described as 50- to 55-year-old white man, clean shaven with brown eyes and short black hair with some gray, the release said. He is 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, 160 to 180 pounds with a medium build and medium complexion.
The suspect’s vehicle is a newer four-door silver foreign-made vehicle, possibly a Nissan or Hyundai.
The scam, often called a “gypsy” burglary, has been previously done with several different “cover stories.”