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$3,000 in jewelry stolen in Wheaton ruse burglary

A Wheaton resident was robbed of about $3,000 in jewelry after burglars impersonated workers Saturday afternoon.

Officers responded about 3 p.m. to the 300 block of West Union Avenue.

The resident told police a man driving a dark pickup truck approached the driveway and stated he was scheduled to remove mold from the backyard.

The resident allowed the man into his home to fill a bucket of water. The man then appeared to be checking masonry in the backyard, while a second man stayed in the truck. After a few minutes, the man checking the masonry told the resident he was done for the day and would return the following morning to finish the job.

After the men left, the resident discovered a bedroom had been searched and approximately $3,000 in jewelry was missing.

The first suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 25-30 years old, standing about 5 foot 4 inches tall with a thin build and dark baseball cap.

The suspect who stayed in the vehicle was described as a Hispanic man with a heavy build.

The vehicle is described as a black or dark blue older-model pickup truck.

Wheaton police encourage residents to require workers present identification before allowing them inside.

Residents can also call the company or city directly to confirm the need for work.