Police on Monday were searching for a man who they say flashed a badge to gain entry into a Corona del Mar home before he ransacked it.
Police are also looking for his two female accomplices.
Officers received a residential burglary report in the 200 block of Iris Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, said Newport police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
According to a police account of the events, a man wearing a star-shaped badge claimed to be part of a law enforcement organization and went to the home of an elderly woman. He asked for access to her backyard because he said he was looking for someone.