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Men impersonating cops enter Spokane home

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are investigating a report of two people impersonating cops, knocking on doors and in at least one case, entering a home.

It happened near Wellesley and Addison, just blocks from the Northtown Mall.

The Spokane Police Department says the two men knocking on doors in this neighborhood were definitely not police officers.

A homeowner said two men knocked on his door last Friday claiming they were with Spokane Police. The men said they were informing neighbors about recent burglaries, and asked to look inside the man's home. He thought nothing of it and let them in. His wife later became suspicious and filed a police report days after.

The two men presented a badge, but when real officers showed up, the homeowner realized their badges looked nothing alike. Spokane police want you to be extra careful about who you let inside your home.

“If a person was ever at their door and didn't feel comfortable opening the door because they were in question about the authenticity about the officer, we would encourage them to call crime check. Crimecheck would be able to confirm with dispatch that it is indeed in fact an officer at their door,” said John O'Brien with the Spokane Police Department.

Spokane Police Officers are typically in full uniform. Sometimes detectives will dress in street clothes, but they will always have their badge, and city issued ID cards on them. The suspects are described as two white males, one in his mid 50's, wearing slacks and a button up shirt, the other in his 30's with a plaid shirt and jeans. Impersonating an officer is a Class C felony in the state of Washington.

If you have any information on this, or if this happened to you recently, police say to give crime check a call at 456-2233.

We will continue to follow this investigation at more information develops.