(MOBILE, Ala.) - Mobile Police are looking for two men they say impersonated police officers Sunday night, then robbed a man.
It happened near the corner of Dauphin and Common streets Sunday night around 10 p.m.
Salvation Army Area Commander Maj. Mark Brown says the victim lives at the Salvation Army shelter on Dauphin Street.
"He was actually returning home from a meeting. He's in one of our rehab programs here," said Maj. Brown.
"A burgundy colored SUV stopped. The men exited and indicated to the victim that they were police. They made him lie down on the ground, patted him down and took his wallet," said Cpl. Chris Levy, spokesman for the Mobile Police Department.
The victim tells police the suspects are white, about 6 feet tall, 170 pounds and last seen wearing skull caps and dark plain clothes. He says one of the suspects had a flashlight in one hand and some other object in his other hand. At the time, the victim thought it was a weapon.
"He's quite shaken. When they told him to get on the ground he thought he possibly might die," said Maj. Brown.
Investigators are urging everyone to be cautious.
"History tells us a lot of times people try this more than once," said Cpl. Levy.
If you ever question an officer's validity you can ask to see a badge or credentials.
"And if a unit gets behind you or any sort of vehicle gets behind you that has blue lights you can contact the 911 operator and let them know where you're going to be stopping. That will never be an issue," said Levy.
In this case, police say the victim did the right thing by complying with commands.
The victim, who didn't wish to be identified, says the robbers only got away with $8.
Police are also looking for a third suspect, the driver of the SUV. He never got out of the vehicle.