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Fake cops rob Inglewood family in home

October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's a search underway for two gunmen who posed as police officers and pulled off a home invasion robbery, terrorizing four residents, 3 of them minors.It happened this weekend in Inglewood, on the 10,000 block of England Avenue.

Police are still searching for their two suspects so they're asking for the public's help. And they're also hoping that this isn't the start of some kind of crime trend.

Police say the imposters pounded on one of these doors both of them, armed with handguns.

"They identified themselves as police officers and when the people inside opened the door, they forced their way in, tied up the victims, and searched the residence and stole about $12,000 dollars worth of cash and jewelry," said Lt. Mike McBride of the Inglewood police department.

The four victims included one adult and three minors. They were tied up, but none were hurt.

Lt. McBride says this kind of robbery is rare, but typically the victims are targeted specifically.

"Oftentimes the people that are targeted for these things are targeted for a particular reason," said Lt. McBride. "Perhaps somebody knows that they have a large amount of money or jewelry or something like that in the house."

The suspect descriptions are as follows:

  • First suspect: A black male between the ages of 25 and 30, standing 6'0" and weighing about 220 to 250 pounds.
  • Second suspect: A white or Hispanic man, about 20-years-old, 5'7" to 5'8" and weighing about 200 pounds.
Lt. McBride says any Inglewood police officer would be easily identified by an Inglewood police badge. And there are other ways to verify if the person at your door is an officer.

"You can always pick up the phone, dial 9-1-1 and say there's people at my door, are they in fact police officers?" explained Lt. McBride.

There is still no word on whether this was a random attack or if these victims were targeted.

Police say one of the suspects was wearing a belt with a baton and a radio.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the anonymous tip line with the Inglewood police department at 1- 888-41-crime. That's 888-412-7463.

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