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Tips sought in roofing scam targeting seniors

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities warned the public Wednesday to beware of a pair of con artists who talked their way into the homes of several retirement-age San Diegans on Presidents' Day and stole cash from them.

The thieves, a man and woman who appear to be in their mid-30s to early 40s, posed as roofing inspectors to gain access to a College area house and then a Del Cerro condominium, according to San Diego police.

The first crime occurred in the 5100 block of 69th Street shortly after noon Monday, and the second in the 5600 block of Adobe Falls Road about three hours later.

In both cases, the crooks convinced the victims they should have their roofs checked for leaks due to recent heavy rains. After the seniors let the pair in, one distracted them while the other searched for and furtively stole money from wallets and purses, police said.

The swindlers were described as Hispanic or Middle Eastern. The man is 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds and muscular, with thick, black, straight collar-length hair. His female accomplice is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds, with curly brown shoulder-length hair.

Both are fast talkers who have no foreign accent, according to the victims.

Anyone who may have information about the thieves is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to a $1,000.

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