The Fremont Police Department is asking for the public’s identifying a woman who they say distracts homeowners with a supposed snake inspection while
The Fremont Police Department is asking for the public's identifying a woman who they say distracts homeowners with a supposed snake inspection while her partners burglarize the home. (Fremont Police Department)

The photos show a woman, dressed in long pants, a short-sleeved, collared shirt and a baseball cap, carrying a clipboard walking up to a resident's door in Fremont. Another photo shows a four-door, light-colored SUV believed to be used as a getaway car.

Police did not say when or where the video surveillance was captured.

The female suspect shown in the photos is believed to have been a part of two burglaries that took place in Fremont on Aug. 24, one in the Hillview/Montecito area of Niles and one on Moore Drive in the Cherry/Guardino area.

In both instances, the woman, who was traveling with one or two adult men, came to the home, stated she was looking for poisonous snakes and that she needed to take measurements of the backyard.

The Fremont Police Department said this vehicle is associated with a scam wherein a woman distracts homeowners with a supposed snake inspection while her
The Fremont Police Department said this vehicle is associated with a scam wherein a woman distracts homeowners with a supposed snake inspection while her partners burglarize the home. (Fremont Police Department)

She would ask everyone in the house to come into the backyard to help. While the home was empty, a second suspect would go in and take cash and other valuables.

The adult female is described as white or Hispanic, wearing a hat, about 5 feet tall, with a medium to heavy build and a pierced tongue with a ball in the piercing. She wore dark-colored gloves and was wearing a tan or brown short-sleeved button-down shirt with patches on the sleeves that stated "Bay Area Animal Control" or "City Animal Control."

The associated male suspects are described as being Hispanic and approximately 35 to 40 years old.

Similar snake scams have been reported in Union City, San Carlos and San Mateo. People posing as utility workers who burglarized homes in Hayward and Oakland have also been reported recently.

"We believe that these suspects are still attempting this scam in other communities around the Bay Area," the department said in a news release. "Please stay vigilant and never allow someone you don't know to enter your home unless you are expecting them."

The department encourages residents to share the photos with friends, neighbors and family members. Anyone who recognizes the woman or vehicle in the photos is asked to contact Detective Jacob Blass at 510-790-6900. Anonymous tips can also be left at www.fremontpolice.org/tip.

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