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Man dupes San Francisco woman while accomplice burglarizes home

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A group posing as construction workers tricked a woman into letting them in her home, resulting in burglary.
  • A group posing as construction workers tricked a woman into letting them in her home, resulting in burglary.

Crafty crooks posing as construction workers locked a 56-year-old Glen Park woman out of her own home Tuesday during a coordinated burglary, according to police.

About 10:50 a.m., the woman reportedly called police saying a man toting a handheld radio had knocked on her door in the 100 block of Charles Street, a residential area just west of San Jose Avenue.

“He looked like a construction worker,” police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The man told her he needed access to her backyard for a project his crew was working on, Shyy said. Their conversation was likely complicated by a language barrier, Shyy said, as the victim is reportedly Asian and the suspect Hispanic.

Believing he was a construction worker, the woman led the man into her backyard. Immediately, Shyy said, a second man walked in through the front door and locked the woman out of the home via the
backdoor.

The suspect who had been in the backyard with the woman fled. The burglar inside the home grabbed a wallet and cash from a front room and also fled.

The thieves took off in a blue van, Shyy said, and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday.

The woman was not injured during the heist.

Police said they have been warning residents about burglars posing as builders or representatives of PG&E or Comcast. Thieves are known to case homes for victims, Shyy said.

“We want people to ask for credentials,” he said. “If it’s someone from Comcast or PG&E, all those types of companies give their employees credentials.”

Also, police said, residents who have not called for service but who get a knock on their door should phone the company the person claims to represent before letting them in the home.

maldax@sfexaminer.com