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Man Suspected of Stealing Underwear From San Mateo Open House

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    Man Suspected of Stealing Underwear from San Mateo Open House

    Police are searching for a man suspected of stealing underwear from a home during an open house in San Mateo. The homeowner noticed the man having a bulge under his jacket that was not there when he first came in. Laura Sambol reports.

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    A camera caught a man apparently stealing underwear during a recent open house in San Mateo.

    Police are searching for the man, who is currently a person of interest in the theft case, and seek help identifying him.

    Surveillance video from the homeowner shows a man being greeted by a realtor inside the home, then walking around the house "with a noticeable bulge around his abdomen that wasn't there when he initially walked inside the home," police said in a statement.

    The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said he put surveillance cameras inside to monitor the foot traffic. When his wife told him she was missing a few things, he took a closer look.

    Upon further review, the homeowner believes the man stole all of his wife's push-up bras.

    "I'm shocked," the homeowner said. "Seeing the way it infuriates my wife, more than anything it infuriates me."

    The homeowner said he is sharing his story to help other sellers, who should contact their realtor about not letting potential buyers roam through their home alone.

    "From here on out I believe things are going to change -- at least I hope," the homeowner said.

    Police released a surveillance image of the suspect, who is described as a man standing between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build. He was wearing glasses, a gray long-sleeve shirt, vest, and jeans.

    Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact police.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.