Three incidents were reported Friday afternoon, El Cerrito police said, and in all instances elderly men were targeted.
Around 11 a.m. in the parking lot of El Cerrito Plaza, a woman between 50 and 60 years old approached an elderly man and claimed that he struck her with his car. Police said another female shopper who saw the interaction came to the man's defense and told him that she saw the woman hit the back of his car with her hand.
Police said as the man drove home to Albany, he realized the woman and an accomplice were following him. The pair confronted the man at his house and demanded $1,200 for medical bills. But when the man sought help from a neighbor, the women fled in their SUV.
Witnesses described the woman as roughly 5 feet 5 inches tall, with an oatmeal-colored jacket. Her accomplice was described as being similar in height but in her late 30s with black hair and dark clothing.
Around 12:45 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m., in the El Cerrito Safeway parking lot, two women again attempted their scheme against two elderly men.
In the earlier incident, the victim refused to talk with the women and drove to a nearby Chevron, where he called the police before the women, who had followed him, drove off.
Witnesses described one of the women in that incident as being 75 to 80 years old with white hair, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and wearing a black skirt and multicolored blouse. The second woman was described as 35 to 40 years old, roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall with her hair pulled back. She wore pants and a sweater.
In the latter incident, the victim went to an ATM inside the Safeway to pay the women, but a store staff member stopped him and told him to call police. At that point, the women again fled.
Officers believe the women were driving a blue 2003 Honda CR-V.
Anyone with information on these incidents can call the El Cerrito Police Department at 510-237-3233.