Police impersonators tie up, rob victims at gunpoint

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 25, 2015) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery involving several suspects who posed as police officers.

IMPD responded to an incomplete 911 call from the 7300 block of Hague Road around 8:30pm Tuesday.  When they arrived, the homeowner told them he and his sister had been tied up and robbed at gunpoint by three men who posed as police.  The 25-year-old man said he answered a knock at the door at 8:20 to find three white males in their 20s wearing jackets, hooded sweatshirts and skull caps that had “police” written on them.  He said the men pushed their way into the home, ordered him and his sister to the ground, and claimed to have a warrant for the home.

Two of the men were armed with handguns and the third was armed with a shotgun or rifle, according to the homeowner.  The suspects pointed their guns at the homeowner and his sister and bound their hands and feet with zip ties, the homeowner said.

The homeowner said, “one of the suspects asked him where the money was and knew they had it,” according to an IMPD incident report.  The homeowner said the three men “trashed the residence looking for something.”

The suspects eventually left the home after grabbing the homeowner’s wallet, cell phone, and a lockbox containing $2,000 cash.

The homeowner’s sister told police she was able to get to her cell phone and dial 911 while she was tied up.  But she was only able to give the dispatcher the address before hanging up the call.  She said the suspects left the area in a vehicle, but she was not able to give a description of the vehicle.  She was then able to make it to the kitchen where she found a pair of scissors, which she used to cut herself and her brother free.

“That’s awfully bold to even try that,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.  “Yes there is some crime that goes on, but never anything of this nature of weapons, people posing as police, that has never ever happened before.”

IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn said the case is a reminder to always think “safety first” if you ever suspect a police impersonator.

“If you’re a little unsure as to a police presence at your home, if you have a knock on your door and they say they’re law enforcement, you can feel free to call 911,” Wilburn said.

Since the suspects seemed to know there was cash to be found in the house, the case does not appear to be a random crime.  Detectives will explore the question of how the suspects knew what they were looking for.

Anyone with information is urged to call IMPD or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.