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Home Invasion Suspects Impersonate SWAT

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has launched an investigation into a drug related home invasion where the suspects, wearing black military-type uniforms with a SWAT patch, raided a residence in search of money and dope.

According to the victims, they were still asleep at around 7 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 30, when three armed subjects stormed their home on Avenue 19.

The suspects claimed to be police, says Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Erica Stuart, and when the victim asked to see a warrant, he was told it would be shown to him after the search.

Two victims remained in the bedroom, while the trio of perpetrators ransacked the house, purportedly in search of money, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

The Sheriff’s Office says actual Deputies were told the suspects made off with 12 marijuana plants, a 46″ television, jewelry, purses, and a wallet, which the victim said contained his medical marijuana card.

The victim said that two of the suspects were Hispanic, and the third was Caucasian. All three were in their mid-to-late twenties. The Sheriff’s Office reports that one of the suspects is said to be about 5′ 2″, another 5′ 5,” and the third stood about 5′ 7″. The two Hispanic males were described as clean-shaven. The Caucasian suspect sported a thin mustache with shoulder-length, light colored hair, and wore a baseball cap.

Anyone with information about this home invasion is asked to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770, CRIME STOPPERS at (559) 498-STOP, or the MADNET Hotline at (559) 675-7776.

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