DENVER (CBS4) – The search is on for two police impersonators who robbed a man after pulling him over.
The robbery happened near the intersection of 38th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard Friday night. It’s different than usual police impersonation cases because two people are involved working together to commit several crimes, and they got rough.
“They handcuffed him, and I guess they even injured his face in the process,” Sonny Jackson with Denver police said.
Police say the fake officers were driving a maroon Crown Victoria when they pulled over a man in his 20s. At one point the fake officers took items out of the victim’s pocket, including his wallet, which Jackson says they took back to their fake cop car equipped with red and blue lights.
“They came back, un-cuffed him and said they were letting him off with a warning; told him to stay in place until they left,” Jackson said.
When the victim later checked his wallet his money was missing.
“He went back to his items, discovered they had taken $180 out of his wallet.”
One suspect is described as a white man, 5-fot-6, stocky build, short blonde hair, blue eyes, clean shaven and wearing a police uniform with a badge, holster and gun. The second suspect is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, bald, brown eyes, well spoken, wearing a blue polo shirt, tan pants and black boots. He also reportedly had a badge, holster and gun.
“Anytime you have a person posing as a police officer that concerns us greatly.”
Police say the victim was hurt when the fake officers put him back in his car so forcefully his head hit the windshield, breaking it.
“This is the first I’ve heard of one of this nature recently.”
Exactly what the fake officers told their victim to explain why they pulled him over is unknown.
On Sunday police confirmed another incident that occurred Saturday night that could be related to Friday’s incident. Police said a dark blue sedan with red and blue lights on the dashboard attempted to pull a driver over in vicinity of Kentucky Avenue and Ogden Street. The victim called 911 while being pulled over. The suspects pulled up alongside the driver and then drove off. Two people were in the suspect vehicle.
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