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UNIION CITY BURGLARS POSE AS MUNICPAL SNAKE INSPECTORS: UNION CITY (AP) — Police say a pair of burglars duped two elderly people when one posed as a city pest inspector who appeared at their home to investigate an alleged snake infestation while the other burglarized the residence.

The Oakland Tribune reports that the burglars took cash, jewelry and other items from the elderly roommates' home in Union City on Wednesday.

Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner told the paper that a woman knocked on the roommates' door and said she was from the city.

The woman was wearing a uniform with a "CITY" logo on it, and said she was there to check a snake infestation.

Police say the woman distracted the victim while someone else entered the home and burglarized it.

Horner said city workers always carry photo identification

ACCUSED MOLESTER WAS FIRED FROM CAMP JOB: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A lawsuit says a man suspected of molesting nine girls at a San Jose afterschool program received a positive recommendation from a church summer camp that fired him three times for allegedly touching young girls inappropriately.

The San Jose Mercury News ( says Friday that the suit filed in Santa Clara County by the parents of a girl accuses 28-year-old Keith Woodhouse of molesting her while he worked as a camp counselor in 2007.

The lawsuit claims that when the afterschool program asked about Woodhouse, a church official said he was a dependable worker who "loves kids" and would hire him again.

The church and its attorney declined comment.

Woodhouse has been charged with 30 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and is due back in court Monday.