Resident robbed by fake police officers

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In a troubling incident, individuals claiming to be police officers attended a Mississauga residence and stole a large amount of money.

Last week three suspects attended the victim’s residence on Deer Run in the City of Mississauga, advising that they were Peel Regional Police officers and that the victim owed a quantity of money.

The elderly victim complied with the request and turned over more than $9,000 in Canadian and U.S. currency.

The suspects are described as:

1. Female, white, 40 years of age, dark hair, and average build with a Polish accent

2. Male, white, average build and short dark hair

3. Male, white and average build

All three were wearing dark clothing.When attending any location and not in a police uniform, Peel Regional Police officers will always provide photo identification to identify themselves as police officers.  Officers will never attend any location requesting money.  If you are concerned about the identity of a police officer, call 9-1-1 immediately for confirmation.

Investigators are appealing to nearby residents, businesses, or anyone operating a vehicle in the area with a dash-cam, to review your video surveillance footage to assist with the investigation.

Residents especially those with limited knowledge of English are sometimes easily intimidated by official looking individuals who speak English. A combination of fear, inability to understand the language, and in the case of seniors, confusion as to what is going on can create the perfect conditions for being robbed or scammed in this fashion. Thieves are using any number of means to separate cash from the vulnerable. They always seem to be one step ahead of the police. The suspects are still at large and could strike again. If you or anyone in your household is approached by people who might claim to be the police, call the police anyway to make sure. Unless of course they arrive in an easily identifiable police vehicle and present their identity. In which case you are in safe hands.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1133 . Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip. – CINEWS

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