A Daly City man is behind bars this week on charges of attempted burglary and grand theft for allegedly returning to homes where he previously worked as a rodent exterminator to steal jewelry, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
On Oct. 9 and May 20, Ivan Wojciechowski, 37, allegedly stole jewelry and a watch from two San Mateo homes. He was allegedly seen July 7 attempting to pry open the bedroom window of another San Mateo home on Fifth Avenue where he had business some three months earlier, according to prosecutors.
The resident of the Fifth Avenue home said he was napping when he heard Wojciechowski in his backyard and called the police when he saw him attempting to open his bedroom window, according to prosecutors.
Wojciechowski was found nearby and said he was checking rodent traps and denied prying at the window. A police investigation connected Wojciechowski to thefts from two other homes where he was allegedly doing work, as well as a Yelp! reviews accusing him of posing as a rodent exterminator to steal jewelry, according to prosecutors.
Wojciechowski pleaded not guilty to his charges Tuesday and will next appear in court July 19 for preliminary hearing. He is in custody on $30,000 bail, according to prosecutors.