SAN LEANDRO -- If strangers show up at the door dressed as utility workers, be aware.
San Leandro police want that message to sink in for its residents and those in other cities, especially after three people dressed that way tried to burglarize a house Saturday.
Police said that two men and a woman posing as utility workers approached a residence in the 800 block of Kenyon Avenue south of Sybil Avenue around 2 p.m.
"We have seen a few of these utility worker burglary scams in the past few months," San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt said. "That suspects tend to work in pairs, and they try to gain access into the residences by posing as utility workers."
On Saturday, a man and the woman went into the backyard, with one of them carrying a clipboard, police said. The other man walked into the residence without permission.
All three were confronted by residents of the home and told to leave. The trio then left in a smaller light-colored pickup truck with tool attachments, heading toward Interstate 580, police said.
Police said the woman was about 30 years old and described her as white with a thin build and dark hair that was highlighted by lighter tips. They did not have adequate descriptions of the male suspects.
Brandt said the scams have occurred throughout the Bay Area, and that the elderly are sometimes targeted.
"If (people) show up to your residences unannounced and claim they are there for business purposes, don't hesitate to report this activity to our dispatch center," he said.
Anyone with information regarding Saturday's attempted burglary or any similar incidents is urged to call San Leandro police at 510-577-3230. Anonymous tips can be left at 510-577-3278 or by texting the word "SLPD" and the tip to 847411.
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