Authorities are searching for three armed thieves who reportedly posed as police to pull over and rob two men in a Corvette in southwest Miami-Dade early Tuesday.
The Corvette was pulled over around 3:20 a.m. by a black Dodge Charger that was using red and blue lights in the area of Southwest 45th Street and Southwest 123rd Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said.
“They were sort of confused and next thing you know they saw what appeared to red and blue lights, like a police car," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.
Two men got out of the Charger wearing ski masks and flashing a gun, then used a stun gun on one of the victims during a struggle, police said.
"These are individuals that if they’re wearing a ski mask and they’re armed with an electronic hold device and a gun, that’s pretty brazen," Zabaleta said.
One thief waited by the car while the other two stole a gold ring, a gold chain, and more than $2,000 in cash.
"These individuals utilized red and blue lights on the visors or dash of the car to stop this car and get their attention and be able to stop. And that’s a great concern for us because obviously we don’t want anything to violate the trust of the community," Zabaleta said.
Zabaleta said if drivers aren't sure if they're being stopped by police or not, they should stop in a well-lit area like a gas station or police station, or call 911 to check with a dispatcher.