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Alamo: Deputies investigate home burglary during open house

Similar incidents reported in Walnut Creek in recent weeks

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking two women suspected of burglarizing an Alamo home during an open house in July, officials announced this week.

According to the sheriff's office, the burglary occurred during an open house on Valley Oaks Drive on July 16. Investigators believe the realtor was distracted by one suspect while the other stole some jewelry and watches from the home.

Shortly after returning to their house, the homeowner reported the missing items to the sheriff's office.

The two suspects were described as African-American women in their 20s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and with heavy builds. Investigators have released a photo of one of the suspects.

The Walnut Creek Police Department has also taken three similar reports of open house thefts in the last two months, believed to have been perpetrated by the same individual as in the photo released in the Alamo case.

Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information on the case or on the identity of the woman in the released photo to contact the Investigation Division at 313-2661.

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Posted by What!
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

Open houses put homeowners at risk. If you, the realtor,assistant, are hosting an open house and there are several people viewing, you just can't keep an eye on everyone... In this case, does anyone really believe that these two women could afford Alamo?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 11, 2017 at 7:47 am

We all have one thing in common: We are our own worst enemy.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

I think What is stereotyping!!!!


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Posted by Al Amo
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

Hey What!: I'm having an open house under a big rock in my yard. Plenty of crawl space and companions for you.

You're invited.


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Posted by DCJ
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

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The second woman was well dressed and articulate and had a story all lined up on why she was looking at the property. The woman in the photo was her friend who was just tagging along.............they were not the only ones at the open house. You can't tell someone they are not allowed to come in based on appearance. Many people who come through open houses are "looky-loos" they just love to look at homes and have no interest in purchasing. Then there are the serious buyers who are coming through to do their research or they've been sent by their realtor or they show up with their realtor (and then there are always the neighbors who like to come by which is great). We are just having to become more and more vigilant about taking all valuables and medication out of the home when it is being shown. It is really a pity.


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Posted by LDM
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

LDM is a registered user.

We recently sold our Alamo home and one the restrictions we put in place was NO Open Houses,except the Realtors Open. All of our reviews were scheduled with a 24 hour notice.Both realtors were there at all times.Of course,we either locked up or took our valuables with us.Had no issues....I'm surprised that anyone would leave anything of value either out in full view or easily accessible.


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