BURLINGAME -- Police are searching for a group of men they say burglarized a Burlingame home Monday morning while posing as neighborhood construction workers.

About 11:15 a.m., one of the men knocked on a door at an apartment building in the 1200 block of Bellevue Avenue and told the resident his construction company had damaged a water pipe nearby, authorities said. The man then claimed he needed to enter the unit to repair the damage they'd caused.

Within minutes, a second man entered the home through the unlocked front door and lifted a small safe from the apartment's office area, police said. A witness outside saw the man put the safe in a gray pickup truck before leaving the area with the first man and an unknown driver.

The man who knocked on the apartment door is described as a Pacific Islander who is about 40 years old, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. The man who stole the safe is described as a 35-year-old Pacific Islander, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.

No description was available for the driver of the truck, which is possibly a Ford F-250.

Residents are advised to always ask for identification before allowing an unknown person into their home and to ask and verify the purpose of their visit. Police recommend that residents err on the side of caution when it comes to door-to-door solicitors, and to be wary of construction workers soliciting work around and inside a home.


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Anyone with information about the case or who encounters suspicious persons claiming to be utility or construction workers is asked to contact the Burlingame Police Department at 650-777-4100.

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