CITRUS HEIGHTS -- Two people are in jail after police say they went to a home in Citrus Heights to buy a puppy but instead distracted the seller, getting away with her wallet.
Officers say the thieves also paid for the puppy with counterfeit cash.
Mark Jordan has lived in his Citrus Heights neighborhood for more than two decades.
“It’s pretty close-knit, I know most of the neighbors around here,” Jordan told FOX40.
He normally keeps up with crime in his area but was surprised to hear that Citrus Heights police arrested two people on Monday for stealing a wallet from a neighbor’s home.
Officers say it happened at a home near Magic Court. A woman says the two suspects came by to purchase a puppy that she was selling online. While inside they stole her wallet before paying for the chow-chow puppy with counterfeit cash.
“A short time later the victim became aware from her banks that her credit cards were being used fraudulently for several thousand dollars worth of purchases,” said Lt. David Gutierrez with the Citrus Heights Police Department.
Police were later able to identify the suspects as Deviaun Dozier, 29, and Nicole Setzer, 34, both from Citrus Heights.
“They responded to their residence, contacted both of them and were able to recover the puppy,” Gutierrez said.
Police are now issuing a warning.
“We are warning people that if they’re going to sell things online that they meet folks in a public place,” Gutierrez added.
Neighbors like Jordan say they’re keeping a closer eye on what’s going on in the community.
“Kind of cautious of what I see around the neighborhood. My wife keeps up on some of the stuff happening in the neighborhood so I’m aware to look out,” Jordan said.
Both suspects face several charges including burglary, conspiracy and theft. They’re currently being held in the Sacramento County Jail.