Alleged thieves posing as utility workers caught

San Francisco police have warned residents of burglars posing as utility workers for years. They pretend they’re power employees, plumbers or from the water department. Once they’re let in the house, they pilfer pendants, dinner rings and any other valuables at hand while the homeowner is distracted.

But this ruse may have a happy ending in San Francisco where Taraval Station officers say they have the suspects responsible.

According to police, three suspects posing as PG&E employees burglarized a residence in Albany. A witness saw the vehicle and notified the Albany Police Department. The description of the vehicle and suspects was broadcast throughout the Bay Area, and officers from Taraval Station noticed the vehicle in the Sunset district.

Police later pulled the van over and arrested three men, one from Arizona, another from Oakland and the other with a 23rd Avenue address. After the Albany witness identified the men and evidence was found in their vehicle, the suspects were turned over to Albany authorities on suspicion of burglary and related charges.

bbegin@examiner.com

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