Residents believe suspicious woman may be using charity as way to case Mission Beach homes

Posted at 6:35 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 09:35:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Some Mission Beach residents are on the lookout for a suspicious woman who may be using charity to case homes.

Bethany Geiger told 10News that a woman recently came to her door and tried to sell her magazines.

"Someone started banging on my door, and I don't usually open the door … I told her 'no,' and she kept being aggressive," said Geiger.

Geiger said something was off about the situation. First, she said the woman was suggesting buying hundreds of dollars' worth of magazines.

Then, according to Geiger, the woman's aggression bothered her. Geiger said no one working for charities would act that way.

"She just got really upset and stomped down the stairs," Geiger told 10News.

Geiger thought the woman's supposed charities were "just very suspicious."

As the woman left, Geiger watched her out of her kitchen window.

"[I] watched her go to our neighbor's house, and the neighbor kind of shooed her away, and she got really mad, she started yelling," according to Geiger.

Geiger said she kept watching and became especially alarmed when the woman would get to homes where no one answered.

"She tried to turn the door knob, and that's when I knew that obviously, she was up to no good," said Geiger. "I definitely thought she is trying to case the houses."

Geiger said she's talked to neighbors who had similar stories.

Knowing the woman was standing in her doorway-able to look inside, Geiger said, "It makes me feel kind of scared because this is kind of a close-knit community."

Neighbors told 10News they have called San Diego police's non-emergency number and have taken to social media to warn each other about what they think is a scam.