Snake Scam Hits Roseville
A "snake scam" that started in the Bay Area has reared its ugly head in Roseville.
Burglars posing as animal control officers visited at least two neighborhoods in Roseville on Monday. Their M.O. was to knock on residents' doors and ask to check the property for poisonous snakes. While the homeowner is distracted, an accomplice steals items from the home.
According to an August 28 article in the San Jose Mercury News, scam-artists hit six Bay Area cities between August 20-27, wearing uniforms that made them look like city or PG&E workers, often targeting elderly residents. They knocked on the residents' doors and told them they needed to trim back a neighbor's tree or check their property for poisonous snakes. When the resident took the "worker" to the back yard, an accomplice entered the house through the unlocked door and stole cash, jewelry and other items of value.
To read more about the burglaries as they happened in the Bay Area, read the San Jose Mercury article here.
If you live in Roseville and were visited by a so-called city worker checking for snakes (or any other pretext) over the weekend, please call the Roseville Police Department at (916)774-5000, extension 1.
Meadow Oaks: At about 3:45 p.m. Monday, September 2, a woman wearing a brown animal control uniform knocked on a resident's door on Chancellor Avenue, and asked if she could check the yard for poisonous snakes. Fortunately, the resident became suspicious, as he had heard about the Bay Area snake scam, and didn't let the woman into his house. He called police about fifteen minutes later. Officers checked the area but weren't able to locate the suspicous person.
Central Roseville, south of the tracks
Cresthaven: Between 5 and 5:40 p.m. Monday, September 2, a woman knocked on a resident's door in the area of Cirby Way and Inglis Drive, and told her she was from Roseville Animal Control, and that she needed to check the property due to an infestation of poisonous snakes. She asked that both the resident and her husband accompany her to the back yard, where she spent some time measuring a back yard shed. She then told the resident that someone would be back later to set traps. Later the resident discovered items missing from her home, apparently stolen by an unseen accomplice while the residents were in the backyard with the fake "animal control officer."
The suspect was described as an Hispanic woman in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5'3" tall and a stocky build, with dark, shoulder-length hair. She wore a navy blue button-up shirt with a City of Roseville logo, and khaki pants.
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