Authorities are warning Hesperia residents about a woman claiming to be pregnant who has been knocking on doors asking residents for money, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.


They believe she may also be working with two men to burglarize vacant homes.


"We have had several reports about this woman mainly concentrated on the westside of town," Sgt. Ernie Kopasz said.


According to witnesses and authorities, the woman, who is Hispanic in her 40s and overweight, tells residents she is pregnant and needs money to get away from her abusive partner.


"We believe that while she is talking to the homeowners, at least two Hispanic men then go to the rear of the home, maybe to burglarize it," Kopasz said. The trio may also use her story as a ruse to see if anyone is home, then try to enter the empty home.


Witnesses have also reported seeing a dark-colored sedan in the area where the woman has been knocking on doors, although no one has seen any of the vehicle's occupants.


Authorities ask residents to remain vigilant and if someone knocks on their door to not open it, but to let the person know someone is home. They also recommend homeowners call dispatch immediately with a description of the suspicious person.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500 or WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.