Orinda police are canvassing homes in Orinda Downs after a reported burglary on Van Ripper Lane Tuesday afternoon.
Details remain sketchy as the crime has only recently been reported, but initial information has that a man dressed in a utility worker’s uniform approached the home while an unseen accomplice reportedly gained access to the home from the back yard and made off with jewelry.
Additional calls of “suspicious persons” in the area where the crime was reported have kept police busy.
UPDATE: OPD Chief Mark Nagel confirmed most of our information thus far, saying:
It wasn’t a traditional burglary. Apparently suspects made a ruse as PGE (workers) to inspect lines. Homeowner let them in and they went to the backyard. Second suspect was seen by a witness entering a side garage door and entered the house. Suspect went to the bedroom and took a jewelry box and left the house. Suspect #1 was a distraction. We are looking for video of suspect car.