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Curious Encanto neighbor helps expose 'U-Haul' thieves

Posted at 5:45 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 21:33:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - What looked like moving day was actually a break-in.

Sandra Poulson first spotted the U-Haul around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday across from her home on Innsdale Lane.

A woman and a man were loading it up, going back and forth from a home put up for sale.

Poulson walked up and asked them a question what they were doing. She says the woman claimed they were cleaning the place for the new owners.

Alarm bells rang in Poulson's head.

She had seen the same couple three weeks earlier, loading items from the home into a car.

At that time, the man had claimed the woman had bought the home.

The story switch caused Poulson to take out her cell and took several photos.  In one of them, the man - trying to avoid the camera - is loading the U-Haul.

Poulson says the couple stuffed the U-Haul with clothes, electronics, and paintings.

Police asked 10news to blur them to avoid compromising their investigation.

Poulson called the realtor, who called the police and the homeowner.

"She was very disappointed because she was missing most of her stuff, including her grandkids' toys," said Poulson.

When we contacted police -- we learned the woman has been taken into custody, along with the U-Haul.

Police believe the same couple is linked to an attempted break-in Wednesday morning and there may be more victims. If you have any information, call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.