Search on for cop impersonators

By Al Pefley - bio | email

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - "We were shocked and surprised 'cause none of it made sense," said a Delray Beach father who was robbed of his medicine and cash by men he thought were cops.

Turns out, they weren't. Now, the search is on for the cop imposters.

The man felt like he had no choice but to do exactly what they told him. "He said, 'If you'll be a gentleman, I won't handcuff you.'"

He says the two guys appeared to be real police officers who were there to arrest him. They came up to him as he walked out of his doctor's office in Delray Beach on Jog Road on March 4. "Me and my wife were walking out from our doctor's office, and we were confronted by two police officers stating they had warrants for my arrest, and they needed to talk to me."

One of the men, he says, wore a t-shirt that said Boynton Beach Police on the back. They wore gun belts and flannel shirts over what looked like bullet-proof vests. "My wife was crying and visibly upset stating that there's no way. This don't make sense. It's not true and stuff. And, they said, 'Well, after we talk about it, then maybe we can work this out, and figure it out. At that point, they said, 'Just come with us, and we'll see what we can do about it.'"

He says his wife and baby waited in the car while the two phony police officers spoke with him in their Jeep Cherokee. They finally turned him loose after about a half-hour -- after they told him to post a bond on the spot. He gave them all his money -- more than $4,800 which he had with him to pay some bills. They also took 900 prescription pills from him, including painkillers, plus a signed prescription slip from a doctor he had not filled yet.

He admits they had him convinced they really were police. "We were shocked and surprised, 'cause none of it made sense."

He says he had all those pills with him because he takes pain medication due to work-related injuries he suffered at a construction-site a few years ago.

Sheriff's detectives are still searching for the imposters. Real officers always have two things with them -- a badge and a photo ID with the name of the agency they work for. If you don't feel comfortable, you can always call 911 to confirm the officer is for real or request a supervisor come to the scene.