If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck…
…then it must be a duck, right? Not in this Maine suburb.
Early last Sunday morning in Winterport, three men dressed as police officers entered a man’s property and confiscated a number of medical marijuana plants. The men wore official-looking police attire, and one even held a semi-automatic firearm.
There were a few issues with this ‘raid’. First of all, the marijuana belonged to a legitimate operation for legally-declared medical purposes. There was no reason for even real police officers to be there. While it may not be common knowledge, police uniforms are easily obtainable outside of official law enforcement agencies. However, cases of people actually impersonating officials is rare in Maine, according to Lt. Aaron Hayden, one of the leading officers in this case.
The homeowner sensed something was off
He verbally confronted the three men, who were now ransacking his legal-operation. They immediately fled the scene, with medical marijuana plants tucked under their arms. According to police, no shots were fired and no one was injured. After the event, the property owner described the three men for Maine police investigators, including the fact that they were wearing official-looking law enforcement uniforms with embroidered insignias. One of the men was dressed as a sheriff in matching khaki slacks with a semi-automatic pistol. He wore a floppy hat and appeared to be a look-out for the other two men, who were dressed in SWAT-style uniforms.
Real photo of burglars impersonating police
Later, the victim released footage from his video surveillance security system. The video feed was able to capture the entire event. Maine police investigators have publicized the photos on social media, where the three men were identified via Facebook viewers. According to authorities, arrest warrants are issued for Jeffrey Hurd, 47, and Scott Roberts, 35. Both men are from Glenburn, and State Police say they are considered armed and dangerous. Police say both men will be charged with robbery and impersonating a police officer. The third suspect has not been identified. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call police. According to Lt. Hayden, real law enforcement officials would never enter a private property without first notifying the resident.
“Routinely they would not be sneaking through the backyard looking at your marijuana plants on the (edge) of your property. They would knock on the front door, they would identify themselves, they would have a marked police cruiser, hopefully. If not, they would be able to provide you with identification upon your request,” said Lt. Hayden.
Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a Class E felony punishable with a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Hayden also said the suspects could face additional charges including criminal trespassing.