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‘Open House Bandits’ may have struck again in Utah

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A duo that has targeted real estate agents and open houses in a theft spree in the San Francisco Bay Area may have been spotted in the Park City, Utah, area, according to law enforcement reports. Berkeley (Calif.) Police on June 21 reported that Paul McClung, 30, is a suspect in a string of thefts at open houses and real estate offices in the San Francisco area. McClung is typically accompanied by a white woman in her 50s, according to police, and the two allegedly "claim to be mother and son who are potential home buyers, wishing to buy homes for cash." The man allegedly "made off with the badge of a former city of Santa Barbara Police Department officer and is now impersonating a police officer," police also reported. While the woman distracts the real estate agent by engaging in conversation, the man allegedly "prowls the home or office for purses and wallets to steal," and uses stolen identification and credit cards "to commit additional fraud and theft," according to the Berkeley ...