Suspects Posing As Phony LAPD Officers Dupe Local Man Into Handing Over His Dog

(FOX 11/CNS) Pet owner's beware! There is a dog theft scam where a local man is scammed into handing over his dog to LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force impersonators.

The women were dressed in what appeared to be green uniforms when they went to the man's house in the 1000 block of Waterloo Street about 3:30 p.m. on April 14, according to the Los Angeles Police Department."The women represented themselves as Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force officers," according to a release. "The women told the victim that there had been multiple complaints about a dog at the residence being neglected."

They handed a flyer to the man and said they were there to confiscate the dog, police said.

"The flyer appeared to be official to the victim and contained accurate contact information for the LAPD ACTF office," according to the statement.

Believing the women were officers, the owner handed over the dog, even though it had not been neglected or abused, but when the man called the number on the paperwork he was given, he was informed by officers assigned to the task force that they had not been involved.

The women, one Latino and one white, were each described as about 35 years old, 5 feet tall and 140 pounds.

Police are warning residents about this issue. LAPD's Rampart Division put up a Facebook post telling people that if they encounter an LAPD officer whose identity seems suspicious, they they should ask to see their identification. If that doesn't look official, you can ask them for more proof. And then call 9-1-1 if you suspect the person is impersonating an officer.

Anyone with information about the suspects was urged to call burglary detectives from the LAPD's Rampart Station at (213) 484-3400. After-hours calls can be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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