Three men wanted in Sandy home invasion

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-08 22:03:10-05

SANDY, Utah -  Police are looking for three men involved in a violent home invasion robbery on Friday morning, with one of the suspects claiming to be a police officer.

Police say one of the three men knocked on the door at 1985 East Viscounti Drive in Sandy at around 7 a.m. and showed the man inside what appeared to be a police badge.

Once inside, the stranger allegedly forced the man to the ground and tied him up, then called two other men inside.

"They did ransack the home and went through each room of the house," said Sandy City Police Lt. Justin Chapman.

Investigators say the suspects left the man bound, but unhurt, when they left.

They don't have a lot of information about the three male suspects, but they may have been driving a ten-year-old gray Dodge Caravan.

Officers worry that a crime like this hurts the community's trust in its officers.

"For the police community we are not only upset that they had victimized this family which of course is the number one thing, but it makes it more difficult for us to do our jobs," Chapman said. "I would say I don't think there are bunch of people out there committing a rash of these."

Sandy police say they investigated a similar home invasion involving a police impersonator within the last year. They suggest homeowners avoid becoming a victim by calling dispatchers to verify the officers' credentials and see if an officer is supposed to be at the home.