Caltrans Con in Woodside
Peninsula homeowners swindled
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Cones cover the site of a public sidewalk repair project on February 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Failure of the Legislature to pass a state budget led to the announcement by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) that it is suspending work on more than 100 projects statewide, causing an estimated 20 percent unemployment in the industry. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 Updated at 10:15 AM PST
Police are searching for a suspect allegedly posing as a Caltrans worker to gain access into homes in pricey Woodside neighborhoods.
Last Friday afternoon the suspect told a Woodside homeowner he was there to inspect the backyard for landslide danger.
While he chatted with the homeowner police say a second suspect apparently entered the home and took jewelry.
The suspect is described as 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 9, heavy set with olive skin and a round, clean-shaven face with brown eyes.
He drives a silver or grey SUV. Police warn the man poses as a Caltrans worker to gain entry to the residences.