Police believe two women who were caught on camera stealing items from a Riverside home may be connected to a network of thieves targeting homes and businesses across Southern California.
The owner of Santi’s Fountains, Christopher Ocampo, interacted with the women on Sept. 23. They wanted to look at custom tables in the back of the property, but investigators say this was an excuse to distract Ocampo.
Ocampo said the women arrived in a group inside a car.
“They had the head dressing, they had long dresses, and they said that they were Russian, but they spoke really good Spanish,” he recalled.
While two women distracted Ocampo, another two broke into a home through a screen window. The home belongs to Jose Guzman, who was attending church with his family during the crime.
The women, according to Guzman, stole pieces of jewelry and a special birthday gift for his daughter.
Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback said the women may be part of a network of thieves responsible for breaking into a Riverside Buddhist temple in January, as well as another burglary case at Gone Straw Farms last year.