Cops: Armed robbery suspects impersonate "SWAT" officers

9:58 AM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- The sheriff's office is searching for two men a victim says robbed him and his friend at gunpoint while wearing "SWAT" jackets.

The 24-year-old man told police a man named "TJ" picked him up around midnight Wednesday to go buy drugs at a house near Dr. Martin Luther King Way and Chester Avenue. When they got to the house, a black Crown Victoria with a flashing bubble light pulled up behind them and threatened them with a handgun and a pump shotgun.

The robbers got away with cash, cell phones, an X-box gaming system and games. They were last seen wearing jackets with "SWAT" on the front and black masks.

Anyone with information on this crime, the suspects involved or the vehicle is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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