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2 men suspected of posing as San Diego water workers, stealing from homes

Posted at 9:24 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 12:24:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down two men suspected of posing as San Diego Water Department workers and stealing valuables from an elderly homeowner.

According to San Diego police, two men went to a home in La Jolla on Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m. and identified themselves to the victim as water department employees who were there to test the water.

The victim let the two men inside, and as one man distracted the homeowner, the other stole an unknown amount of jewelry and cash.

Police believe at least one of the men may have been involved in a similar incident at a Bird Rock home on Aug. 1. In that case, police said jewelry was stolen from an elderly person's home.

One of the men is described as dark-skinned, about 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a well-manicured beard.

The second man is described as heavy-set and dark-skinned, about 40 years old, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with no facial hair.

Officials with the city’s Public Utilities Department are reminding people that workers never enter a home unless an appointment is made by the resident.

Residents can contact the Public Utilities Department with any questions or concerns at 619-515-3525.

Anyone with information on the cases are asked to call the SDPD Elder Abuse Unit at 619-446-1070 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.