Reports of men posing as police officers robbing two men at a gas station have met an interesting twist: The men allegedly involved in the incident are actual Detroit police officers.
According to local Fox affiliate Fox 2 News Detroit, amateur photos of the incident surfaced, catching the eye of police.
"Several unidentified police officers working this particular robbery case recognized one of the suspects in the photographs as being a member of the Detroit Police Department,” police chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department said at a press conference. “In fact, they were police officers, just not working on duty at the time.
According to the Detroit News, one of the officers involved was a 20-year veteran sergeant from the Detroit Police Department. The other officer involved was a 17-year veteran sergeant from the St. Clair Shores Police Department who had prior employment with the Detroit Police Department.
According to Craig, the incident occurred on July 21 at approximately 4:45 p.m. at a local gas station. “Both sergeants arrived to this location in a personal vehicle. The sergeants were off-duty, dressed in [plain clothes] wearing department issued badges around their neck,” Craig said.
“It is alleged that an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency was taken from a citizen. It is alleged that a wallet and cell phone was taken from a second citizen, who was physically assaulted at the location,” Craig said. “On Friday ... the department received information and photographs of the incidents, which were provided by separate witnesses."
Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody after probable cause was established to arrest both sergeants.
“At this time, there is no evidence to suggestion that these police officers were involved in any police impersonation cases,” Craig said. “The actions of the department in this matter directly reflect our commitment to addressing misconduct at every level. The actions of a few should not detract from the thousands of diligent, hardworking men and women who wear this uniform and serve the city of Detroit.”
The names of the officers have not been released as formal charges have not been brought against them, pending further investigation by the Detroit Police Department internal affairs unit.
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