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Woman hides, does face-plant to avoid police cruisers

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 20:30:10-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Surveillance video shows a woman at the front door of a home in Chula Vista doing a face-plant to avoid police.

Along Paseo Burga, Lillie Utz got an unexpected visitor outside her front door as she was sewing Christmas presents on Saturday afternoon.

Through a window, Utz saw a woman racing back and forth in her front yard. Turns out neighbors had seen the same woman running in and out of yards. At least one of them had called police. Soon after, video shows a woman at Utz's front door. She grabs at the door handle, but it's locked.

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"Very scary to think someone would walk into your home. I was about six feet away sewing," said Utz.

In the video, the woman can't get in, so she kneels and hides. She grabs a cushion to shield her face as a police cruiser drives by.

"She got up and another car drives by. I'm assuming she thought it was another police car, and then did a face-plant," said Utz.

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The woman is seen diving to the ground as that other vehicle - not a police car - drives by. She then pops up, grabs a bag she had with her and runs behind a bush. Moments later, she emerges without the bag and takes off.

"Threw a bag over the fence and into my pool equipment," said Utz.

Utz says inside the bag were bolt cutters and packaged electronics, including a Roku Streaming Stick, a Google Home smart speaker and a Tile Mate key finder.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Chula Vista Police 619-422-TIPS.