Woodside victim duped by burglar in Caltrans outfit 

A man posing as a Caltrans worker distracted a Woodside homeowner while another suspect snuck in an unlocked back door and stole jewelry, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The Friday afternoon incident began when a man dressed in a convincing transportation worker getup — complete with the blue shirt and yellow hardhat — knocked on a front door at a residence in the 3500 block of Tripp Road. The suspect told the victim at the door he was there to check landslide possibilities behind the house because of a recent strong storm. The sheriff’s office said when the victim was distracted, a second suspect entered the back door.

When the victim became suspicious and requested ID from the fake Caltrans worker at the front door, the suspect began acting nervous, called out the name, “Steve,” and then left promptly in a late-model silver SUV. The victim later found three silver necklaces and two watches, at unknown value, missing from the home’s master bedroom, according to police.

The front-door suspect is described as a heavy-set and round-faced olive-skinned male between 5’6” and 5’9” with big brown eyes, wearing a dark blue jacket vest with gold lettering. The press release said the homeowner didn’t see the other suspect in the residence.

The public is being asked to contact Detective Ben Hand at (650) 363-4192 with any information on the case.

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