Evanston police say an 82-year-old woman answered a knock on her door in the 100 block of Burnham Place shortly before noon today and was confronted by a man who demanded to be let in so he could investigate what he claimed was a sewer problem.

When the woman said she didn’t have any sewer problems and tried to close the door, police spokesman Perry Polinski says, the man pushed past her, knocking her to the floor.

Then three more men entered the house and demanded money from her. Two of the men ran to the second floor and ransacked dresser drawers while the others remained on the first floor and one physically restrained her.

Polinski says the four, all described as foreign-speaking males about 25 years old with dark complexions, then fled the home, escaping westbound in a white SUV.

The victim, Polinski says, suffered only minor injuries and declined medical treatment. She said a pair of gold earrings and a bracelet were missing.

Polinski says detectives are continuing to investigate the incident

He says police urge residents to only speak to strangers through locked doors and to call police immediately with a description of the suspects, their vehicle and direction of travel.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Evanston Police at 847-866-5070 or use Text-A-Tip by texting CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip information.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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