Man charged with using ruse to steal Bolingbrook man's life savings

A 40-year-old Chicago man who allegedly stole a 66-year-old Bolingbrook man's life savings was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing this afternoon in Will County court, officials said.

Corky Miller of the 2400 block of North Clybourn Avenue is charged with one count of residential burglary and two counts of theft. Bolingbrook Police took him into custody last week.

Police Spokesman Lt. Mike Rompa said Miller played a key role in the April 11 theft of $50,000 in jewelry and $44,000 in cash from a home in a subdivision approximately two miles north of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Weber Road.

Miller allegedly awoke a resident from an afternoon nap and lured him outside the home on the 700 block of Lakewood Farms Drive, by telling the home owner that he needed to measure the backyard, police said.

The resident told police he took the precaution of locking the front door before he and Miller walked through his home to the backyard. The resident said Miller measured the yard and then went into a neighbor's backyard before leaving.

Rompa said the resident discovered the front door unlocked, immediately went upstairs and found two safes broken into and the contents - representing his life savings - gone.

Will County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Miller also goes by the name Charles Miller.

She said Sheriff's Police, Chicago Police and Illinois State Police are jointly investigating a rash of "ruse burglaries" in unincorporated Will County and Chicago targeting persons 65 and older.

Rompa said Bolingbrook's investigation hasn't ended with Miller's arrest.

Miller remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $750,000 bail.