Alexandria police are investigating two instances of robberies committed by suspects impersonating police officers.
The incidents, which occurred Dec. 2 and Dec. 22, respectively, involved several masked men who identified themselves as Alexandria police officers in order to gain entry into hotel rooms. Once inside, the men robbed the occupants of money.
Police believe the victims in both instances were targeted because they “advertised various services online,” according to a news release.
Both incidents occurred in hotels around Landmark Mall; the Dec. 2 incident in the 100 block of S. Reynolds Street, and the Dec. 22 incident in the 200 block of N. Breckinridge Place.
“We believe the likelihood that this occurred other times is high,” Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Crystal Nosal said. “If there are other victims, we want them to come forward.”
Police remind residents that legitimate officers will not be masked unless they’re working undercover while other police are present. If someone is stopped by an officer not in uniform and is apprehensive about the incident, they are urged to call 911 immediately.Those who feel they have fallen victim to this scam are urged to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the APD at 703-746-6711.