ST. JOSEPH – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are urging people to be cautious about whom they let into their homes.
Sgt. Dan Coile said about 10 a.m. Tuesday, a man came to the door of a 92-year-old woman's home on South Seventh Street in St. Joseph claiming to be a lawn-care business employee.
The woman let him in, and the man asked her for a piece of paper and wrote information on it. He told the woman he would need $20 now and $80 later for lawn treatments, Coile said.
The woman gave him $20, and he left but returned moments later, asking if he'd dropped his wallet. Coile said that made the woman suspicious and prompted her to call police.
A check with the lawn-care service that the man claimed to be representing revealed it had no one in that area and it does not allow employees to enter people's homes.
Coile said the man was described as a white male, about 25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, with dark brown hair. He was wearing dark jeans, a sweatshirt with writing on it and tennis shoes. The woman said he got into a black car with no front license plate.