Scam Leads To One Burglary; Alert Neighbor Prevents Another

Two more in a series of law enforcement parables from the San Leandro Police Department.


San Leandro police told two burglary stories yesterday, one that warned of a scam and the other that complimented an alert neighbor.

The Scam

At about 1 p.m. Monday, a young man knocked on a door on the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue to say that he had been doing some plumbing next door and might have done some damage to the property of the woman who answered the door.

The homeowner and the man went into the backyard to look.

They found nothing.

When the homeowner looked inside her house she realized she had been burgled.

No estimate was given on the loss. Police suspect the first man had an accomplice.

The suspected scammer was described as a white male, 16 to 20 years old, about 5’6” tall with a thin build. He had brown hair and was wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans.  

The Alert Neighbor

A watchful neighbor prevented a possible burglary and helped police arrest a suspect in a second episode Monday.

Police say that at about 11:30 a.m. a woman on the 100 block of Beverly Street noticed a young stranger at her neighbor's front door.

When the stranger went around behind the house the woman phoned SLPD.

Officers dispatched to the scene found pry marks on a window and apprehended a young man who was identified by the neighbor as the stranger she saw.

The suspect, identified as a 16-year-old Oakland male, was arrested for attempting to break into the house.

How to Get Involved

Citizens can send anonymous tips to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted from the Police Departments website:


For crime prevention tips please go to the Police Departments website at www.sanleandro.org or contact Jennifer Crosby at 510-577-3252.


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