SAN LEANDRO -- Investigators have issued a warning about letting unknown people into homes and yards after a man posing as a construction worker acted as a suspected decoy in a home burglary, police said.

Police said a man came to a woman's front door in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue about 1 p.m. Monday and told her he was working on a neighboring property and may have damaged water pipes leading to her property.

The man and the homeowner went to the backyard to check for potential leaks. They found none and the man left.

When the woman returned inside she realized her house had been burglarized, most likely by the man's accomplice, said Lt. Randall Brandt.

Police said the suspect is a white man between 16 and 20 years hold, about 5 feet 6 inches with a thin build. He has brown hair and was wearing blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt.

Police did not say what was stolen.

No one was injured.

People can send anonymous tips to San Leandro police by texting "SLPD" and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted to the department's website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/services/at.asp.

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