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Two burglars have found a new way to distract homeowners — they say they are there to correct a water problem, authorities said Monday.

On Sunday, about 12:41 p.m., West Covina police received a call from an alarm company saying a burglary had just occurred in the 1100 block of South Montezuma Way.

When officers arrived, the victims said that two men contacted them, saying they worked for the South Hills Country Club, whose golf course had a serious water problem affecting all the homes in the area.

One of the men said they needed to open all of the water valves in the house and asked one of the victim to hold the outside water hose to clear out the contaminated water. Meanwhile, a second man asked to use the bathroom.

When one of the victims went back in the home, she saw him in her bedroom, rummaging through her jewelry. He ran, followed by the other suspect, and both fled in an unknown direction.

No vehicle was seen.

One of the suspects was described as an man in his 40s wearing an orange hat, orange shirt, black sweater and jeans.

The second suspect was only described as a man wearing a red and white striped shirt and light colored beanie.

A check with the country club found no such person worked for it.

— City News Service

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