Three men claiming to be with sheriff's department break into home
COLUMBIA - Three armed men broke into a home on Spiros Drive claiming to be with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
The suspects forced entry in the home brandishing firearms, the Columbia Police Department said. They were wearing civilian clothes, police said, including what a witness described as light-colored hoodies that concealed their faces.
The suspects fled before police officers arrived, shortly after 3:15 a.m. Thursday. A K-9 was brought in to track them, but lost the scent.
CPD said its officers will always be in full uniform when executing a search warrant and should be easy to recognize.
Lt. Lance Bolinger said, "The tactical uniform is identifiable as a police officer from any angle."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Nothing was reported taken during the home invasion and no one was hurt.