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September 3, 2013 > SCAM alert: Burglars Posing as Tree Trimmers

SCAM alert: Burglars Posing as Tree Trimmers

Submitted By Hayward PD

This is to advise the community that there was a residential burglary on Stonewall Drive. An elderly woman living alone was contacted by a male suspect who came to her front door claiming to be a tree trimmer and needed access to the back yard to trim the back neighbor's tree. While she was walking him to the back of the house a second suspect went into the home and stole numerous items. Loss was over $17,000.00 in cash and jewelry.

Suspect #1 is a Hispanic male, 5'4", 30-40 years old, medium build, reddish brown hair, orange hard hat, orange construction vest, and blue jeans. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic male, 30 years old, dark complexion, black jacket, blue jeans, driving a large red lifted pickup truck.

If you have any information on the suspects, please contact District Command Office at (510) 293-7151.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim:

* When working outside, lock the doors not visible to you
* Do not leave your garage door open and unattended
* Watch for occupied parked vehicles in your neighborhood
* Utilize your home alarm systems at all times
* Acknowledge persons knocking on your door
* Talk through locked door
* Door to door solicitation, ask to see proper identification
and call the employer to verify their identity
* Let a trusted neighbor know when you are on vacation
* Have them pick up your mail and newspapers
* Leave an emergency contact number
* Report all suspicious activity immediately to the Hayward Police
Department (510) 293-7000

Hayward residents can now go online to see what kinds of crimes are occurring in the city. Go to WWW.CRIMEMAPPING.com

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