Waco police are warning residents of a man and woman who are allegedly posing as a couple interested in buying vehicles or other items in order to gain access to homes and rob them.

Waco detectives are investigating at least two cases involving the scam and are aware of similar cases elsewhere in McLennan County, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a press release. The pair respond to ads for items for sale, go to the seller's home and express interest in buying the item in question, Swanton said. They make arrangements to return the following day with money, he said.

Before leaving, the woman allegedly says she is pregnant and asks to use the home's bathroom. While she is in the home, the man will distract the resident in order to allow the woman to steal items, Swanton said.

One victim reported jewelry worth about $10,000 was stolen, he said. The suspects have been reported to use multiple makes and models of vehicles during the ruse.

"We are cautioning our citizens to be very wary of who they allow into their homes. … We encourage citizens selling items, please use our Waco Police Department (3115 Pine Ave.) front parking lot as an exchange point when possible," Swanton wrote in the press release.

Anyone who has experienced a similar incident or who may have information about the scam is asked to call Waco police Detective Anne Cyr at 750-3608.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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