Fake Cops Reportedly Targeting NW Side

Real police say there have been three incidents in the last week

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011  |  Updated 3:15 AM CDT
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Police are looking for three or four men accused of trying to get into Northwest Side homes by pretending to be Chicago cops.

In three separate incidents in the last week, the men, ranging in age from about 18 to 36 years old, knocked on the doors of homes, telling homeowners they were police officers or undercover officers, a community alert from Grand Central Area detectives said.

In each incident, the men had police paraphernalia, such as gold badges and radios. In two of the attempts, they got into the homes but later fled in a large, dark red SUV or navy Blue Town & Country van, the alert said.

The incidents happened on Oct. 29 about 6 p.m. in the 4000 block of North Harding; on Oct. 30 about 5 p.m. in the 4900 block of North Karlov; and about 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the 5000 block of West Gunnison.

The men are described as white and/or Hispanic. They stand between 5'7" and 6'3" and weigh between 140 and 230 pounds. They were wearing baseball caps, zippered gray sweatshirts or black hooded sweatshirts, the alert said.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 312-746-8282.

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