Neighbors: Young boy being used to case homes

Posted at 8:54 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 10:32:58-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- Neighbors in the El Cajon area have a warning: Beware innocent-looking boys.

Around 10 p.m., the doorbell rang at Steve Banner's home in the Horizon Hills. 

"I opened the door, and I saw looking down that it was a little boy, holding a flashlight," said Banner, noting the boy looked around 10-years-old. "He told me he was looking for a friend named William Endo or Indo," said Banner.
When Steve told the boy he didn't know who that was, the boy left. Not far behind was Steve's wife Cindy, who was suspicious.

She followed the boy to the end of her driveway and saw him get into a car parked on the side of the road.

Cindy says the driver - a large, brown-haired woman in her twenties - was cursing at the car before it finally started, and they drove off.
Turns out, the Banner home wasn't the only home the boy visited.
About 15 minutes before, next-door neighbor Carl Jerris also talked to the boy with a flashlight - and says the boy gave him a different story.

"He said he was looking for his friend Andrew but didn't know his last name," said Jerris.

Moments later, the boy was on his way.
When Jerris and the Banners compared notes, they came to a head-shaking conclusion: the woman was using the boy to scout out targets for a break-in.

"When you see a boy who seems lost, you let your guard down," said Jerris.

The families called deputies but couldn't file a report because a crime had not been committed. If you have any information, email 10news at