The Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of two suspects who took a dog by impersonating officers.
On April 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two women, dressed in what appeared to be green uniforms, came to the victim’s residence located in the 1000 block of Waterloo Street. The women represented themselves as Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) officers. The women told the victim that there had been multiple complaints about a dog at the residence being neglected. The women handed the victim a flyer and said they were there to “confiscate” the victim’s dog. The flyer appeared to be official to the victim and contained accurate contact information for the LAPD ACTF office. The victim believed the women were officers and felt compelled to give them his dog, even though the dog has not been neglected or abused.
After the women left with the dog, the victim called the number on the paperwork that he was provided. Officers assigned to the ACTF advised the victim that they had not been involved in the incident.
The first suspect is described as a female Hispanic, 5’, 140 pounds, approximately 35 years old. The second suspect is described as a female, White, 5’, 140 pounds, approximately 35 years old.
Anyone with information in regards to this case is urged to call LAPD Rampart Area Burglary Detectives at (213)484-3400. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD”. Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips”.
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