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Con men talk their way into woman’s home

Two con men talked their way into an 85-year-old woman’s West Rogers Park home Monday evening and stole cash from her purse, officials said.

When the woman went to see around 5:30 p.m. who was knocking on the back door of her house on the 2200 block of West Greenleaf, a man’s voice said, “It’s Joe. I damaged your garage door. If you open the door I can give you some money,” police said.

The woman opened the door and one of the men asked if she had change for a $100 dollar bill while the other asked if he could have a drink of water.

The woman walked with one of the men to her kitchen sink while the other went into her bedroom and stole $100 from her purse. Both men walked out the back door within minutes of arriving, police said.

The woman, who was not injured and lives alone, called police minutes later but poor vision she could not give a clear description of the men, police said.

The theft does not fit any local trend but detectives were trying to determine if the crime matches any patterns in other parts of the city.

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