Suspects Impersonating Law Enforcement Attempt to Break Into Homes

By: Amy Long, TPD Press Release
By: Amy Long, TPD Press Release

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.


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  • by SH88 Location: tally on May 10, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    I wish they would come to my house. That's extremely bold of them. If they keep it up they will end up meeting someone like me that knows a lot of TPD officer and SO Deputies and really be screwed.
  • by Charley Foxtrots on May 10, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    Last August LCSO came and searched all over my property without my knowledge, permission, or a warrant. When I complained they laughed. That's when I realized what is the difference between the local LE and the bad guys? One has a uniform and a badge.
  • by Small Engine Repair Location: 319 South on May 10, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    We have one guy in Wakulla that is impersonating a Sheriff. He lost his lawnmower though.
  • by Don't Do It Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    NEVER allow someone into your home you do not know. You can bet that if any police department has a search warrant with a no-knock clause your door will come flying off the hinges. They will always announce their presence first. Just ask anyone who comes to your home if they will wait a minute and then call 911 and make a report and ask that an uniformed officer in a marked patrol be sent to your location. Be safe not a victim.
  • by rimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Criminals have found no shortage of victims. I have determined to never be a victim. I took a NRA firearms safety class at Outdoor Pursuits which enabled me to get a concealed weapons permit. Tho in this case the home owners didn't need a permit to protect what is theirs. Instead, like sheep led to the slaughter, they missed what was clearly happening within their surroundings. thats what criminals hope for, the unprepared and complacent victim.
  • by Constance Location: Tally on May 10, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    I say let them in but be ready. Shoot first and ask questions later. Get two more thugs off the street just like the homeowner last week that shot the guy. Soon you won't be able to go out of your house without having a gun on you. It getting that bad here. Maybe when people start standing up themselves the crime rate will drop some. The cops can only do so much. So I say help them out some.
  • by Very Concerned Location: Tally on May 10, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    I pray and hope they catch these peoples and put them behind the real bars where they belong.
  • by Don Location: Tallahassee on May 10, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    Never open your door to anyone claiming to be Law Enforcement that does not have a uniform. Teach your children to call you or a neighbor before opening a door to anyone! If you answer the door, and they claim to want to search, demand a warrant or tell them to wait, and call the agency they represent. The dispatchers will know if they are for real, and where they are supposed to be. As a former Deputy, we had a black male going around flashing a TEXAS Ranger badge in Florida and people let him in. He would them rob them. BE CAREFUL! DEMAND PROOF!
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    No warrant no search,, If you give up your rights you have none. Talk to the police thru the window and have them call you on the phone if they need to talk to you.
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