Bay Area police departments are issuing a warning about thieves pretending to be snake wranglers who trying to scam Bay Area homeowners.
Police in American Canyon, Belmont and Fremont have received burglary reports from people who say they were approached by a woman who identified herself as an animal control officer responding to a snake infestation.
The suspect said she would need to set traps in the backyard and other areas of the property. In all of the incidents, the woman distracted residents while other suspects entered the home and took personal items.
In one Belmont case, the suspect, believed to be the same woman, told the resident a neighbor's snake had escaped and lured the resident into the back yard.
Belmont police said they are not conducting any snake extermination work and remind residents to ask to see a government issued identification card. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is urged to contact their local police department immediately.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic adult between 20 to 30 years old, around 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build and bleached blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a navy blue shirt with a collar and a baseball hat with hair tucked inside.
A male suspect accompanying her was described as Hispanic, between 20 to 30 years old, around 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing a blue shirt and referred to himself as "Mr. Reynolds."