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Police in Bay Area city warning of snake scam

FREMONT — Police in a San Francisco Bay Area city are warning residents to be wary of burglary suspects who are posing as city animal control employees looking for a snake.

Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques says the unknown suspects struck at least once on Saturday. They told the residents of a home that they were looking for a poisonous snake that had bitten a girl, and needed to come inside to set traps and take measurements.

While the residents were distracted in the backyard, someone went into the home and stole jewelry and cash. Bosques did not know the value of what was taken.

Police are investigating what appears to be a second burglary in Fremont on Saturday using the same scheme, and Bosques says the incidents sound similar to a recent burglary in neighboring Union City.


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