UPDATE by Amy Long 11:24pm 5/9/2011
Tallahassee, FL -
A pair of crafty crooks are banking on homeowners to be intimidated when they show up on the doorstep.
Concerned neighbor,Ingrid Clark says, "I'm flabbergasted, I didn't even know that was going on, I wasn't aware of that."
Neighbors off Wakulla Street in Tallahassee were alarmed to hear a black female and a black male, both in their sixties, tried to con their way in, impersonating law enforcement officers who were looking for guns and money..
The victim said two suspects came to the door, flashed a badge and coerced her to come inside and search her home. She says it was about 15 minutes before they got the point, they weren't coming inside. The victim says she saw an older, box style, four-door, white car.
"Parents do leave their kids home. They will open up the door and not knowing, is this the real police and they'll let them come on in." says Clark.
Back on May 7th, less than a mile away, on the 700 block of Carver Street, two suspects described as black males in their early 40's approached a homeowner claiming to be law enforcement.
Gloria Rowls lives off Campbell street around the corner and says, "They have to come with better than a badge when they knock on this door."
Rowls says she mans her corner, welcoming neighbors and questioning the rest.
"Know who your neighbors are, you don't have to get personal but know who they are so if anyone is strange in the neighborhood, you can know that person doesn't belong in the neighborhood. What are they here? What do they want?" says Rowls.
Both times, the suspects were unsuccessful in getting the homeowners to let them in.
TPD INVESTIGATES TWO SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS PRESS RELEASE
The Tallahassee Police Department has responded to two incidents involving subjects posing as law enforcement officers. Both incidents involved a pair of suspects claiming to be law enforcement in efforts to make entry into the victim’s homes with the intent of stealing property.
The first incident occurred May 3rd, 2011 in the 2100 block of Wakulla Street, between 12:30PM and 3:00PM. The two suspects were described as a black male and a black female. The male was estimated to be in his 60’s, 5’8 to 6’02, with short hair, a mustache, and a slender build. He was wearing dark pants and a jacket or sweater. The female was estimated to be in her 60’s, 5’5, thin build, with collar length hair. She was wearing a dark pants suit or long dress. The suspects claimed they were on official law enforcement business and requested entry into the victim’s home. The suspects were possibly traveling in a white, older model white box style four-door car, possibly a Lincoln or similar vehicle. The victim was not injured.
The second incident occurred May 7th, 2011 in the 700 block of Carver Street, at approximately 2:00PM. The two suspects were described as black males, describe as 5’9 to 6’02, late 30’s to early 40’s, with short hair and a stocky build. They were wearing dress shirts and slacks. The males claimed they were on official business and requested entry into the victim’s home. There is no available vehicle information for this incident. The victim was not injured.
The Tallahassee Police Department reminds residents not to let anyone in their homes unless they are confident in who they are, including law enforcement officials. Law Enforcement officers should be willing to show proof of identity long enough for residents to clearly read the information or be dressed in clearly distinguishable uniforms. Residents can always call the agency the person is representing to confirm they have an employee of that name and that the law enforcement officer is at their residence.
Anyone who has experienced similar occurrences or who has information regarding these incidents is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 to report it or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS with information.