Friday, March 13, 2009

Home Invasions

From the Star News:

Home invasion robbers disguised as cops make off with cash

ALTADENA - Several men barged into a home and stole about $2,000 in cash and other items after tricking their victim into believing they were police officers.

Several men knocked on a a 42-year-old man's door in the 3400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. Thursday, wearing dark-colored police officer-type uniforms, gun belts and armed with handguns, authorities said.

One man was wearing a baseball cap with the word "Police" on the front.

Authorities said the victim believed the men were police officers at first but became concerned when he did not see a marked police are in front of his home and noticed the men were wearing tennis shoes.

The men then forced the victim into a bedroom, handcuffed him at gunpoint, demanding to know where the victim's safe was. The victim's arms and legs were tied up and socks were placed in his mouth.

The victim was not injured and no one else was home at the time of the robbery, authorities said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Altadena Sheriff's
station at (626)798-1131.

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