Drug task force impersonator robs family
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A Cartersville family received a wake-up call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday from a man who wasn’t exactly who he claimed to be.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a man forced his way into the Honeysuckle Drive home in the early morning hours, claiming to be affiliated with the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force. The victim said the suspect had a brown jacket with the BCSO insignia on the left chest, a badge hanging around his neck, a gun on his left hip and a camouflage mask on.

The impersonator told the victim he had four vehicles with agents and the Special Weapons and Tactics team parked down the street and appeared to be talking to them on a cellphone, the report stated.

According to the victim, the suspect gave him two options: hand over all his cash, pills and cellphones or “he would throw the book at him, tear out all of his walls and charge him 50 years for each tablet he had.”

Fearing for the family’s safety, the victim said he gave the suspect his pain medication, all the cash in his wallet and his cellphone.

As the suspect was leaving, he allegedly told the victim he would place the man’s cellphone in the mailbox in an hour. No vehicles were located in the area and the suspect left on foot.

According to the DTF, no agents were in the area overnight Saturday.

The impersonator was described as a white man in his 30s, slim build with brown hair and brown eyes.

Pharmacy robbed of money, pills

Burglars carrying blue bins made off with medication and cash from a local pharmacy Sunday.

According to a BCSO report, a deputy was dispatched to a burglary alarm at Best Pharmacy on Merchant Square at 7:45 a.m.

The deputy reported the front lock was punched out and the door was unlocked. A TV was knocked over and the filing cabinets’ doors were ajar with the locks broken.

An employee and the deputy watched surveillance video that showed a white passenger car similar to a Chrysler 300 with chrome wheels stop in front of the store and the passenger exit and kneel in front of the door. Two suspects entered the store carrying blue, plastic bins and made their way to the narcotic section.

The deputy reported the duo pried the filing cabinets open and emptied the pill bottles into the bins before exiting.

According to the employee, a weekly deposit was also missing.

More than $4,000 in currency was taken, along with more than $10,000 in medication.