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Men Reportedly Posing as Fayetteville Officers

Posted May 8, 2007
Updated May 9, 2007

— Three men were reported to be posing as Fayetteville police officers early Tuesday, and police urged people to ask for identification from anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.

The men approached three residents in the Cambridge Arms Apartment complex at about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday and held them at gunpoint, claiming to be police officers, police said. The men asked to see the victims’ identifications because of recent crimes in the area, police said.

After the victims repeatedly asked to see law enforcement credentials, the men left, police said. They were seen driving a blue Hyundai.

The men were described as one white male and two black males in their 20s. The white man was about 5 feet 6 inches with blond hair. A more detailed description of the two black men wasn't available.

All Fayetteville police officers and employees carry department credentials and identification at all times. Individuals approached by a person in plain clothes claiming to be a Fayetteville officer should request to see their law enforcement credentials, or they can call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1820 or call 911 to confirm they are police officers.

Anyone with information about the Tuesday morning incident is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1830 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Harley Girl May 9, 2007

    When in doubt you can always pick up the phone and simply dial 911-my room mate is a deputy and I also date one--the 911 operator will not have a problem in check out the status of these guys, that is what they get paid to do--they are here to protct and serve.

  • ladyblue May 9, 2007

    I thought there was something about you could ask for their badge number and then call it in to verify it was ligit. So much goes on around us now, if that isn't a way to verify a genuine officer, it should be.

  • nc lover May 9, 2007

    Sinpoint you are so right about that. When in doubt call the police department and confirm before opening the door. You really have to be careful these day's. Just the other day some heavy set Latio looking guy came to my door and wanted to know if he could vacumn our carpets for $20.00. I told him to get lost. Probably a trick to get in the house to see what we have for a later break-in or something. Take no chances people.

  • normalthinking May 9, 2007

    I find it intresting that there was an accurate description of the white officer but "a more detailed description of the two black men wasn't available".

  • sixpointedbadge May 9, 2007

    First of all, I would suspect the time they came.
    Secondly, what car they came in ( a blue hyundai?????)
    Thirdly, Three officers??????
    Do not open your door for anyone unless you are 100% sure you know that person.

  • Aruba May 8, 2007

    You know, a lady once called the police station to make sure that the man at her door was an actual police officer, and she was arrested for obstructing justice.

    But you're right, unless I had actually called the po po, I do not not think I would want to let them in at that time of day.

  • Panther May 8, 2007

    Oh great, now we have some freak posing as police officers, its already bad enough with all the other dregs out there without theses fools popping up. I hope the REAL police catch them soon and give them a long over due vacation.

  • special k May 8, 2007

    there is always a local number for the police in your direct area that you can call to check such things - it's also just handy to know when you need police help when it's not a life or death emergency

  • kursk May 8, 2007

    That was a test. I see that messages can be posted here... but not the next story down about home invasion by some latin american teen agers.

  • kursk May 8, 2007

    Does the posting service still work?