Pair Pose As Police Officers; Get Money From Grove Street Resident

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Police said two men on Tuesday posed as police officers and got money from a Westside resident through a fraud.

Chattanooga Police responded to 1217 Grove St. regarding a fraud complaint. It was reported that two black males approached an elderly resident claiming to be police officers and at one point showed the victim what appeared to be a police badge. The victim allowed the suspects into his residence where they told him they were investigating a fraud complaint and that they needed him to withdraw cash which needed to be re-deposited to be traced.

The victim drove one of the suspects to withdraw the cash and then back to Grove Street where the victims left with the cash.

One of the suspects was described as age 60-70,  5’11”, 190 pounds, medium build, balding, and dressed in a suit.

The other man was described as 40–50 years old, 6’, thin build, short haircut, and dressed in a suit.

Police said, "Fraud detectives are seeking help in trying to identify the suspects and to notify the public to be aware of these men and that our officers would not have any fraud victim withdraw cash for an investigation.

"If anyone approaches you and claims to be a police officer and they are out of uniform, ask for their police identification or call dispatch (423-698-2525) to check. Again, anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525."

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