Men dressed as cops carjack SUV in South Bay

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police Wednesday were searching for a group of men who carjacked a man in Chula Vista while wearing uniforms to disguise themselves as law enforcement officers.

Dispatchers received a call shortly before 11:55 p.m. Tuesday from a person near the intersection of East J Street and Bolero Drive who reported that he had been carjacked, Chula Vista police Lt. Scott Adkins said.

The victim told investigators that he was driving to visit a friend when he stopped at the entrance to an apartment complex at 1200 East J Street. Two vehicles that appeared to be SUVs pulled up and shined bright white lights at his blue 2017 Renault Koleos SUV, he said.  Two men wearing vests with the word “Police” across the front came up and told him to get out of his vehicle.

The driver believed that the men were armed, so he walked with them to one of their vehicles. They drove him to a nearby park and released him unharmed. No injuries were reported, and detailed descriptions of the carjackers were not immediately available.

The man called police and reported the theft of the Renault SUV. The Koleos has Baja license plate ARB319A. Anyone with information about the carjacking was asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151.

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