About 11:15 a.m., the suspect posing as the worker gained entry to the resident’s apartment in the 1200 block of Bellevue Avenue, Burlingame police said.
While the suspect was discussing the purported faulty pipe, a second suspect entered the apartment undetected through an unlocked door and allegedly stole the safe from an office area, according to police.
A witness told police the suspect who took the safe got into a gray pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-250, driven by a third suspect.
The two suspects who entered the apartment are described by police as Pacific Islander men. The first is believed to be around 40 years old, weighing about 250 pounds and standing about 6-foot-4. The second is described as about 35 years old, weighing roughly 200 pounds and standing about 6-foot tall, according to police.
Police are advising area residents to demand to see identification from anyone attempting to visit a residence before authorizing entry.