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April 6, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have issued a warning to the public about a woman who tricked an elderly woman into letting her inside, then stole her purse. Similar crimes have occurred in the Lake Murray area of San Diego just north of La Mesa. The suspect is a tall African-American, age 40-45, weighing 200 pounds and driving a “nice vehicle” in a dark color, possibly green.


The woman knocked on the front door of a home in the 4500 block of Harbinson Ave. in La Mesa and pretended to know the daughter of the elderly resident, even mentioning the daughter’s name. The female suspect asked to come in for a drink of water and was allowed in the home.


After the suspect left, the victim discovered that her purse was missing. She called her creditors to cancel her credit cards, but some of the credit cards had already been used.


The victim was not injured during this crime. .


“It appears this suspect may be targeting older members of the public. Residents should be cautious allowing strangers in their home that fit this scenario,” La Mesa Police warned, but added that it is uncertain whether this crime is related to the San Diego crimes in a nearby area.


If you have information on this crime, call La Mesa Police at 469-6111.

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