RCMP in Surrey are advising the public to consider checking the credentials of persons claiming to be police officers who are not wearing a full uniform.
On December 2 and 19, 2017, Surrey RCMP were called after a man claiming to be a police officer allegedly stole from his victims. In both cases a South Asian male entered the victim’s home with consent as the victim believed he was a police officer. When the opportunity presented itself, the suspect stole cash and credit cards from the victim and then fled.
The suspect is described in both instances as a South Asian male, 20–40 years old, 6’ tall, and clean shaven. He was wearing all black clothing. A police artist has produced a composite sketch of the suspect using details from the victims. Police are not able to say at this point if the suspects from the two incidents are one and the same.
Cpl. Scotty Schumann said, “It is perfectly acceptable to ask someone identifying themselves as a police officer for their credentials, like a badge and photo ID card.If you’re not satisfied with the information provided, you can contact the police of jurisdiction to confirm the officer’s attendance. Dispatchers will be able to tell you if an officer is at your door.”
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file #2017-172145/180525.If you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.