Armed Robbers Pose as Officers, Tie Up Children in West Covina Home Invasion

Both men donned vests that resembled police tactical gear, officials say

Two armed men pretended to be officers Wednesday morning when they forced their way into a West Covina home and tied up three children and their family, police said.

The pair arrived to a duplex in the 3400 block of Maranville Court about 6 a.m. and said they were officers serving a search warrant, West Covina Officer Eddie Flores said.

The men forced their way inside and tied up three children, their parents and grandmother before ransacking the home, Flores said. The children's ages were not immediately known. 

Both men were armed with a handgun and donned vests that resembled police tactical gear, but had an American flag in place of a badge, Flores said said.

The pair escaped with cash, jewelry, an Xbox console and games before officers arrived.

The men also broke into the second unit in the duplex, police said.The residents left before police arrived, so it is not clear what the men took from that unit.

Police asked anyone with information to call 626-939-8557.

Kathy Vara contributed to this report.

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