HOUSTON – Five men dressed as HPD officers burglarized a home near downtown Houston on Monday.
Police said the suspects kicked down the door of a home in the 1800 block of Wheeler while carrying guns and Tasers and dressed in authentic HPD raid jackets.
Officers with HPD’s Major Offenders Division said the suspects cuffed the homeowner using a long, plastic tie.
The suspects apparently were looking for valuables when a nearby resident heard a loud noise and called police.
An HPD officer arrived within minutes and at first believed the suspects were real police officers. He later explained to his colleagues he thought the men may have been members of a tactical squad conducting a legitimate raid.
But suddenly the suspects started running and a perimeter was set up to try and catch them. HPD’s K-9 Unit arrived and the department’s helicopter searched for the suspects in the air.
Two of the five suspects were caught within an hour. One was bit in the head and leg by an HPD dog.
“I was sleeping and heard a lot of commotion,” one neighbor told KHOU 11 News.
The neighbor lives just down the street and says he saw the police chasing the suspects through a fence that was torn down.
“About an hour after the whole thing went down I heard one of them yell that they found a pistol,” said the neighbor.
Police also found a Taser that had been thrown into some bushes.
The suspect’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, was also left behind. The vehicle was equipped with police lights and what appeared to be a siren, all of it mounted above the dash.
Suspects posing as law enforcement has become a problem across the country. Just a few weeks ago a group of men wearing raid jackets robbed an illegal game room off Edgebrook in southeast Houston.
The men escorted the customers out, disarmed the security guard and then stole all the money. The men are still at large.
Anyone with information on the latest police impersonators are urged to call HPD’s Major Offenders Division at 713-308-1200 or Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS.