CALGARY — Three men made their way into a Calgary home by posing as police officers, terrifying three young people, ransacking the place and evading the real authorities.
The home invasion happened Tuesday afternoon.
Police said a man knocked on the door, identified himself as a police officer and produced a badge which somewhat resembled a Calgary Police Service shield.
He was wearing a dark-blue jacket which could look like police issue and said he needed to search the house.
Det. Brad Moore said police are trying to determine why the home was targeted but do not believe it is random.
Moore said an unknown amount of money and a safe was stolen from the home but no one was injured.
Before the thieves fled they confined three residents, said to be in their 20s, in an upstairs room.
Two brothers were handcuffed and their heads covered with a pillowcase while a woman in the home was forced to face a wall.
Police remind the public that all police officers carry a badge, as well as official photo identification, which anyone has the right to ask to see.
Moore said the ploy used by crooks — posing as police — in the home invasion case is certainly unusual.
“I’ve been in the unit for two years and I’ve never encountered that in this kind of occurrence,” he said.