Atherton police say a home on Mesa Court was burglarized on Thursday, Aug. 28, after a man who said he was a plumber investigating a nearby sewage problem talked his way into the house and distracted the owner while another person took valuables.
The man rang the front doorbell at around noon, telling the resident that a sewage problem down the street had made their water undrinkable, police said. After the suspect entered the residence, without permission, he distracted the elderly homeowner by turning on water faucets at various locations inside and outside the home.
While the victim was distracted, another person entered the house through the open front door and took an unknown number of gold pieces and a large diamond from the master bedroom, according to police.
Police said they believe a resident of the home had been contacted at the Sharon Heights Safeway by someone involved in the crime just before the burglary, and she had given the person her home address.
This is the first burglary reported in Atherton involving criminals who distract people while they are at home, police said.