INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis brother and sister have a warning for others after being tied up and robbed at gunpoint by police impersonators.
It happened in the 7300 block of Hague Road near Blue Creek on the northeast side of Indianapolis Tuesday night.
Kathleen Ellis said she and her brother had just returned home for about ten minutes when she heard a knock at the door.
Her brother, John went to check and saw three men who appeared to be officers.
“I opened the door and then they just forced their way in and then they put zip tied on me and told me to get down and put zip tied around my ankles and zip tied my little sister,” said John Ellis.
Ellis said he thought he was opening the door for three officers. He said he looked like the real deal.
“It was three guys dressed like cops and they had flashlights and showed a piece of paper,” said Ellis. “I didn’t really get to look at it and they said we have a search warrant let us in.”
“They had a really convincing outfit on, they had cop radio playing and they actually walkie talkie someone and said, we’re going to need a female officer, there’s a female on the premises and someone responded,” said Kathleen Ellis.
The men ransacked the bedrooms. Photos taken at the scene show the mess they left behind.
“They asked if you have any safes or deposit boxes? I was like, why would cops be worried about that?” said Ellis. “I was like this is a freaking robbery.”
While the men continued to search the home, Kathleen said she was able to reach into her pocket, grabbing her cell phone to call 911.
Her wrist is now left with a cut from the zip tied. She said the men took off after a family friend showed up at the house.
“I feel like my privacy has been invaded a little bit you know?” said Kathleen. “You trust cops, you have your home you should be able to feel safe given that combo.”
Kathleen is hoping others will learn from her experience.
“While you should respect cops and their authority, obviously you have a right to make sure they’re actually cops,” said Kathleen. “Go with your instincts, if they seem forceful, more forceful than what you think is necessary just call 911. The worst that could happen is you’re actually getting arrested.”
John believes this may have been a targeted home invasion.
Police said when in doubt just call 911 to double check before letting anyone in.
As for the suspects, they got away with a wallet, cellphone, a safe box and some cash. The victims described the suspects as three white men, believed to be in their 20’s. They were last seen wearing jackets and hooded sweatshirts with police skull caps.
If you know anything about this crime you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262- TIPS.