Armed robbery suspects sought for impersonate law enforcement

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is searching for two armed robbery suspects who witnesses say impersonated law enforcement officers while committing their crime.

The 24-year-old complainant said a man named “TJ” picked him up around midnight to go buy drugs. The man said TJ stopped at a house near Dr. Martin Luther King Way and Chester Avenue and a black Crown Victoria with a flashing bubble light pulled up behind them.

The complainant said two black males wearing jackets with the word “SWAT” across the front and black masks exited the car and threatened him and TJ with a handgun and a pump shotgun. Both men were reportedly robbed of cash, cell phones, an X-box gaming system and games. The complainant said he and TJ took off in different directions and the suspects fled the scene.

Anyone with information on this crime, the suspects involved or the vehicle is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).