HAYWARD -- A man who claimed to be a tree trimmer tricked an elderly woman into letting her into his home this week while an accomplice slipped into the home and stole more than $17,000 in items, police said.

Officers were called at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to the 2300 block on Stonewall Drive for a report of a residential burglary after an elderly woman who lived on the street said someone took items including cash and jewelry from her home, Lt. Mark Stuart said.

The woman, who lives alone, told police a man came to her front door claiming to be a tree trimmer and told her he needed access to the back yard to trim the back neighbor's tree.

While she was walking him to the back of the house a second suspect went into the home and stole the cash and jewelry, Stuart said.

Police described the suspect tree trimmer as a Hispanic man, 5-feet 4-inches, between 30-40 years old, with a medium build and reddish brown hair. He wore an orange construction vest and blue jeans.

The second suspect was described as a Hispanic man, about 30-years-old with a dark complexion. He wore a black jacket, blue jeans and was last seen driving a large red lifted pickup truck.

The incident was the only one of its kind reported in Hayward so far this week and remained under investigation on Thursday.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call police at 510 293-7151.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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