A man living in a rural area on a large parcel of land in Sage heard strange noises on Tuesday Oct. 9 just before 11:30 p.m.
He went outside to investigate what was causing the ruckus when several men dressed in green camouflage fatigues appeared, officials reported.
One of the suspects pointed a gun at the frightened victim and informed him they were law enforcement officials, Sgt. W. Clear said in a sheriff’s report.
The men bound the victim’s hands and covered his head and face, then forced him into a vehicle and drove him to the edge of the parcel.
After taking several items, the victim was released without being injured, Sgt. Clear explained.
A white full-size van and a silver sedean were reportedly used in the crime.
Sgt. Clear advised citizens who suspect someone is impersonating a law enforcement officer to ask for the person’s name and identification number.
“Law enforcement officers should be identifiable by an agency badge or insignia and associated with police gear,” Sgt. Clear added.
The public may contact Sheriff’s Central Dispatch at 951-776-1099 to confirm a law enforcement response to an incident.
Anyone with further information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact the Hemet Station at 951-791-3400.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.