Union City police are advising residents to be wary of criminals posing as city employees and utility workers after a recent home burglary.
On Wednesday, a victim reported that a woman claiming to be a city employee knocked on the victim’s home on Deborah Drive and told the resident that she was there to check for a snake infestation.
The woman wore a dark blue hat with the word “CITY” on it and what appeared to be a uniform — a dark green shirt with the “CITY” logo on the left chest area and dark green pants.
While the impersonator distracted the victim, an unknown accomplice entered the home and stole jewelry and cash.
The fake city employee was described as a white or Hispanic woman with blonde hair, which may have been dyed or a wig.
“This is an emerging problem and one must be vigilant,” the Union City Police Department said in a statement. “These types of crimes have occurred locally when a sliding glass door was left unlocked, most likely due the warm weather. “
The Union City Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant.
All city employees are required to carry photo identification cards. Residents should ask for identification to verify their employment. If you question the worker’s legitimacy, contact UCPD.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Union City Police Department at 510-471-1365. Anonymous tips may also be left at the anonymous tip line at 510-675-5207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.