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Yuma police search for two men accused of impersonating officers

Posted at 7:12 AM, Dec 28, 2019

YUMA — The Yuma Police Department is advising drivers to be aware of two men who are accused of impersonating police officers near 14th Avenue and Ridgeview Drive in Yuma.

According to Yuma PD, a victim was pulled over by the impersonators on December 26 around 12:36 a.m. for a "traffic violation."

The victim told police the two men walked up to their vehicle wearing black clothing and black ski masks; however, the men were not "wearing body armor, did not have duty belts, and did not have any equipment typically carried by police officers," Yuma PD says.

One of the impersonators reportedly told the victim they "made the stop because of a traffic violation."

The victim called police to verify the identities of the impersonators when one of the men began to slash the victim's car tires. The suspects then fled.

The vehicle driven by the suspects is described as a white SUV with black rims, "a push bar on the front, and several antennas on top."

The white SUV does not have any police markings, Yuma PD says, but does have a small red and blue strobe light. However, police say no other lights on the SUV are consistent with police vehicles.

According to the victim, there is also a dent the driver's side rear door of the SUV.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the impersonators is asked to call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.

Police say information that leads to an arrest may lead to a $1,000 cash reward.