Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Florida: Taxi Driver, Two Swedish Tourists Robbed by Police Impersonators in Miami

According to The Miami Herald, Miami police are looking for two suspects who robbed a taxi driver and two Swedish passengers while impersonating police officers Tuesday afternoon (July 23).

The crime occurred at approximately 1715 hours as the taxi driver transporting two Swedish passengers was stopped behind a silver Toyota at a traffic signal. 

The taxi driver honked his horn so that the driver of the Toyota would make a right-hand turn. At that point, two men exited the Toyota and walked back to the taxi and said they were police officers, although it is unknown as to whether they displayed their police credentials.

The suspects then ordered the taxi driver and his two passengers to get out of the car at Northwest 37th Avenue and 14th Street. Claiming they were searching for drugs, they patted down the three victims and searched the passengers' luggage. The suspects then ordered the victims to get back into the taxi before fleeing with all of the victims' belongings north on NW 37th Avenue.

COMMENT: According to Miami police, both suspects were of Latino heritage. One suspect is a male in his 30's, is about 5’ 10’’ and 240 pounds, and was last seen wearing a red shirt and black and red shorts. He has black hair, was unshaven at the time, had gold top and bottom teeth and a scar on his left forearm. The second suspect is in his 30's, is 5-10 and 190 pounds, and was last seen wearing black jeans and a white shirt.

Just 10 minutes before the robbery, the suspects unsuccessfully attempted the same ruse on a woman at the Orion Gas Station at 1055 NW 27th Ave.

According to http://www.neighborhoodscout.com, the safest city in the US has a rating of 100: Miami has only 3, resulting in a potential to be victimized by crime once for every 84 citizens.

If ever stopped by plainclothes police officers, which should be a rare occurrence, always ask to see their police badge and note the number on it. A specimen of the Miami police badge can be found at:

http://www.miami-police.org/index.asp

If persons claiming to be police officers refuse to display their credentials, drive promptly to the nearest police station and report the matter to the desk sergeant.