Authorities down on the Peninsula are warning residents not to open their door to a candy-cane carrying man who is posing as a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy.
The "sheriff" was reportedly making rounds on the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue in San Carlos at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. He knocked on some doors, explaining to residents that he was trying to get to know his neighbors after moving nearby on Laurel Street.
While talking to residents, the man claimed he was with the Sheriff's Office and flash some kind of badge as proof. Oh, he also had candy canes with him, making him all that more identifiable to the real cops.
The suspect was described as Hispanic man in his early 30s; he roughly 6-foot tall and heavy-set. He was last seen wearing a red cap, possibly with a Mexican flag insignia, and a black or dark-colored sweat suit, according to the Sheriff's Office.
He was last seen walking south on Cedar Street and nobody has spotted him since.
In any event, police want you to know that this man doesn't belong to the department -- nor do the candy canes -- so don't be tempted by those peppermint treats.