September 10, 2013 > Photos released of 'Snake Lady'
Photos released of 'Snake Lady'
Submitted By Fremont PD
The Fremont Police Department has obtained video surveillance photos of the primary snake scam suspect and associated vehicle. These photos were obtained from a recent burglary attempt.
Please share these photos with your friends, neighbors and family members. If you recognize the woman or vehicle in these photos, please contact Detective Jacob Blass at 510-790-6900. You can also send us a Nixle Tip or go to www.fremontpolice.org/tip to send us anonymous information about this case.
We believe that these suspects are still attempting this scam in other communities around the Bay Area. Please stay vigilant and never allow someone you don't know to enter your home unless you are expecting them.
From a previous press release:
The victim told dispatchers that a woman came to her house and stated that she was looking for a poisonous snake that had gotten loose and had bitten a little girl on the street. She realized today that it had been a scam and her home had been burglarized.
When the female suspect knocked on the door, she stated that she was from Animal Services and that she needed to take measurements of the home and yard. When they went out into the backyard, the suspect required that everyone in the house come out to assist with the search. While they were out back an unknown suspect(s) entered the home and removed cash and jewelry. The suspect was traveling with one or two adult men also posing as animal service employees during this incident.
The adult female is described as white or Hispanic, wearing a hat, about 5' tall, with a medium/heavy build. The female had a pierced tongue with a ball on it. She wore dark colored gloves and was wearing a tan/brown short-sleeved button down shirt with patches on the sleeves that stated "Bay Area Animal Control" or "City Animal Control." The associated male suspects are described as being Hispanic and approximately35-40 years old.
In a possibly linked incident, a suspicious woman who appeared to be going door to door, asked a homeowner if her older model vehicle was for sale. She told the family that she was a single mom in a bad relationship. When informed the vehicle wasn't for sale, the female left in a grey or silver Land Rover, with a magnetic sign on the back. A similar silver vehicle was seen during the burglary on Moore Drive.
The City of Fremont Animal Services Division is not currently investigating snake infestations or snake related problems anywhere in Fremont. City of Fremont employees are required to carry a City issued picture ID card (a business card is not sufficient ID) and most field employees drive clearly marked City of Fremont vehicles.
If anyone comes to your door posing as a City employee, ask for their official City picture ID card. If they do not have one or you feel something is not right, please call the Fremont Police Department's non-emergency number at 790-6800 and select option 3. If you believe you see these suspects in your neighborhood, please call us right away. Stay vigilant and please talk to your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who may be more susceptible of being targeted as a victim.
If you have information about this crime please contact the Fremont Police Department's Investigative Unit at 790-6900, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or utilize one of our tip lines.