Police impersonators targeting Hispanics in DeSoto County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Police impersonators targeting Hispanics in DeSoto County

Police in Olive Branch said two police imposters are targeting Hispanics. They are targeting them because they know they likely won't report the crime and they are likely to have cash in their homes.

Olive Branch police said two men posing as police officers knocked on the door of a house where several Hispanic men live and said they were looking for a suspect or drugs.

"They're coming in having radio, flashlights, handcuffs, matching clothing, ball caps, and star shaped type badge," Lt. Kevin McKenzie of the Olive branch Police Department said.

McKenzie said the badge was hanging around their necks similar to real police officials. They were also wearing a badge on their clothing.

McKenzie said while one man walked through the house, the other fake officer stayed in the room with the residents.

The fake officer walking through the house took more than five hundred dollars in cash from the men's wallets while they were in the other room.

Olive Branch police said the two fake officers are very calm and collected. They never yelled or made threats. It appeared everything they did was well planned.

A similar incident happened in Southaven. Lt. McKenzie believes it has happened many more times but has just not been reported.

"There less likely to report crimes like this and also in their home countries whether it be Mexico and Latin America they are used to officials or police being corrupt," McKenzie said.

Lt. McKenzie said police want victims to report crimes without fearing any repercussions.

Police said the suspects are driving a 2000 red Ford Taurus.

They are described as two white males in their early 30's, clean shaven with medium builds and brown hair.

One of them is 5'6 to 5'7 and the other is 5'10 to 6 feet.

If you know who the suspects are, they ask you call police.


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