Masked Home Invaders Pretend to be Police While Robbing Teens: Officials

Three masked men pretended to be police officers when they tied up two teenagers during a home invasion in Southwest Philadelphia overnight, according to investigators.

An 18-year-old woman and 19-year-old man told police they were sleeping in the second floor bedroom of a home on the 6000 block of Allman Street around 2:45 a.m. Saturday when they were awakened by a loud noise.  The teens said three masked men claiming to be police officers then entered their bedroom and demanded money.

The suspects took the 19-year-old into the front bedroom and tied him up with scarves, police said. They then allegedly made the 18-year-old stand in front of a closet in the middle bedroom while they ransacked the house.

Police say the suspects then took the woman’s cellphone after she tried to conceal it and then placed her in the front bedroom with the 19-year-old. They then covered her eyes and tied up her legs with a scarf, investigators said. The suspects told both victims to count to 100 and then fled the home, police said.

The two victims then removed the scarves and called police.

A short time later a 23-year-old man, 17-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were arrested at 17th and Sansom streets in connection to the home invasion, police said. They were later released pending further investigation.

An active and open investigation into the home invasion robbery continues.

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