Police impersonators break into, rob homePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – The search is on for three armed suspects who posed as police officers and forced their way into a Phoenix home early Wednesday morning, and investigators are asking for the public's help.
It happened at about 4 a.m. in the neighborhood near 22nd Street and Virginia Avenue.
Family members said the suspects who kicked in their front door were armed with guns. The victims said the men identified themselves as police.
The suspects reportedly held their guns on the victims -- a husband, a wife and their 7-year-old son -- and forced them down to the floor.
While the family knew the men were not real police officers, they complied with the suspects’ demands because they were armed.
The three suspects were not inside the house very long. Not only did the trio steal several things, including electronic equipment, from the home, they also took the victim's silver Chevy Tahoe, AZ place 712TXD, as they fled the scene.
The suspects are described only as skinny Hispanic men around 5 feet 8 inches tall. Two were wearing bandannas. The third was wearing a ski mask with a skull pattern on it.
The vehicle they took is a 2005 silver Chevy Tahoe with the Arizona license plate 712-TXD. In addition, witnesses reported seeing a mid-1990's model white Thunderbird leaving the scene.
Anyone who has information about the home invasion is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-7626 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.
Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said even the smallest seemingly unimportant details can be extremely helpful to investigators.
"Sometimes it comes to us not firsthand, but second or third or even fourth-hand," Crump explained. "We get that information and it gives us something to follow up on."
It’s not clear if this incident was a random act, but police generally say suspects in these kinds of cases have specific targets in mind.
No injuries were reported.