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Police are searching for suspects who have been burglarizing multiple homes in Highland Park in the past week, including one instance described as a ruse burglary.

Three of the burglaries occurred in almost a 24-hour span last week, according to a police incident report.

Highland Park police officers responded around 3:40 p.m. on August 22 to the 3000 block of Centennial Lane for a report of a burglary.

An unknown suspect approached the front door of the residence and told the resident that the water supply was contaminated with bacteria.

The suspect was described as a heavyset male wearing a brown bandana covering his face, dark sunglasses, a black long-sleeve shirt, black overalls and an unknown lanyard around his neck.

After entering the home and turning the water on to distract the residents, two male suspects entered the residence, the report said.

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The two suspects stole jewelry and a watch. All three suspects fled the scene in a gray SUV that had dealer license plates.

Police were called 45 minutes later to the 1000 block of Marion Avenue for a report of a burglary.

Between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., an unknown suspect or suspects forced entry to the residence through a sliding glass door.

The suspect or suspects ransacked the master bedroom and walk-in closet, stealing jewelry and cash. The value of the stolen items is unknown.

Around 6:45 p.m. that same day, Highland Park police responded to a residential burglary in the 1300 block of Sherwood Road.

Between 11:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., an unknown suspect or suspects forced entry through a rear door.

The master bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom were ransacked, according to the police report.

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An unknown amount of jewelry was stolen from the residence.

It was noted that a silver SUV with dealer license plates had backed into the driveway of the residence around 4 p.m.

On Sunday, officers responded around 6 a.m. to the 2400 block of Green Bay Road in Highland Park for a report of a residential burglary.

Between 4:45 p.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. Sunday, an unknown suspect or suspects forced entry to the front door of the residence.

Multiple rooms in the home were ransacked and an unknown amount of cash was stolen, the police report said.

It is unclear if the burglaries are connected. No suspects are in custody.