Home invasion robbers pose as police in La Quinta

An hourlong search Friday didn’t turn up the robbers, who police described as Hispanic men who wore dark clothing, masks and gloves and who spoke clear English. Three were short and stocky, and the fourth was tall and thin.

La Quinta police are investigating a home invasion robbery that took place about 7:30 a.m. in the 53-000 block of Avenida Obregon.

A home invasion robbery Friday morning rattled a Cove neighborhood where doors are left unlocked and children play outdoors.

The four masked men who robbed a home at Avenida Obregon and Calle Colima said they were police officers, showed badges and handcuffed one of the residents, real police officials said. Two of the robbers also carried handguns.

Home invasions are rare, and La Quinta hadn’t seen one in years, said sheriff’s Lt. Jason Huskey, the city’s assistant police chief.

“Even then, it was completely different circumstances,” Huskey said. “This one’s pretty unusual because they were posing as police officers.”

No one was hurt, but the men escaped with a large amount of money, he said.


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