Scam artists pose as mechanics to burglarize homes

November 3, 2010 5:23:17 PM PDT
Police in Millbrae are warning residents about a scam in which the con artists pose as auto body repairmen before ransacking valuables from homes.

An elderly man who lives in the 300 block of Minorca Way told police he was robbed Oct. 26 by two men who told him they could fix cosmetic defects in his car.

At about 5 p.m. Friday, the two men knocked on the victim's door and offered to correct damage on the vehicle. According to the victim, although he was hesitant at first, the suspects' work van and tools convinced him that the offer could be legitimate.

The con men entered the victim's house to discuss the details of the work to be performed, and one of the men excused himself on the pretense of going out to the car.

As the one suspect and the victim hashed out the paperwork, the second suspect rummaged through the victim's belongings and allegedly took $400 cash from an upstairs bureau.

The suspects are described as two dark-skinned males, one in his 30s and the other in his 70s, who were seen driving a white work van.

Police said the suspects are believed to have been part of a crew that conducted similar scams in Millbrae during the past few weeks.

To report a suspicious person, residents can call police at (650) 777-4100.

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