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.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.