Peru police are asking residents to keep an eye out for people attempting ruse burglaries.

An elderly couple was robbed of cash Tuesday afternoon after falling victim to a burglary attempt, Peru police detective Sgt. Dennis Hocking said.

Three men approached a home in the neighborhood south of Hy-Vee around noon Wednesday posing as city employees, Hocking said. The husband was asked to come outside and look at a fence while the wife was asked to run hot water. While the homeowners were occupied, a third suspect rummaged through the home in search of cash, Hocking said.

Peru police are still investigating the incident and following up with neighbors. As of right now, there was no description on the vehicle they were driving.

Hocking reminded homeowners to ask for identification if a city employee were to come to your door.

“They should have ID’s on them and a city vehicle,” he said.

If anyone has any information on the incident or similar occurrences, they are asked to call Hocking at (815) 224-6017.

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