LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln Police cited two people after they impersonated Animal Control officers in an attempt to steal a dog.
LPD said on May 9, an 18-year-old woman reported her neighbor called and told her two men were at her apartment trying to steal her bulldog from her balcony.
The woman and her boyfriend came home, police said, and confronted the men, who were wearing tactical vests, badges, batons, guns in holsters, and all black clothing.
The victim told police one man identified himself as an Animal Control officer and claimed it was illegal to have a dog on a balcony.
According to the victim, yellow ropes had been thrown up on the balcony as if the suspects were trying to lasso the dog.
On May 12, two men matching the same description called Animal Control and said the dog had been abandoned at the apartment after the owners moved.
Animal Control arrived on the scene, and one of the men handed the officer a business card that said he was a “Public Safety Officer” and he introduced himself as a “Captain Fuller.”
The men were identified as Trey Piper, 22, and Zachary Fuller, 30, of Lincoln. Both were cited for impersonating a Public Service Officer.