Fake Cops Rob Exotic Dancer At South Bay Motel


SUNNYVALE — Two men — claiming to be police officers — handcuffed, gagged with duct tape and robbed an exotic dancer in her South Bay motel room early Friday morning before escaping with $3,000 and other valuables.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said they were investigating the 1 a.m. crime in which two men, who were not wearing police uniforms, allegedly showed the woman a black handgun and told her they were police when she opened her door.

The suspects immediately entered the room, handcuffed the woman and placed her in the bathroom, telling her not to leave, police said.

The pair took the woman’s "personal property," police said, including an undetermined amount of cash. She was not injured.

"They came into my room and acted like they were the police," Katie Harris, an exotic dancer from Orange County, told KTVU. "They handcuffed me. Duct-taped me…They threatened me with a gun. They asked me where was my money. I told them in the safe. They stole $3,000…They put me in the bathroom and told me to stay in there. They said they’d be back in an hour."

One suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his mid 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin build and long, dirty blond hair in a ponytail. He was wearing a black jacket, a black plaid long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. He was also wearing eyeglasses.

The second suspect is described as a black man in his mid 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build with short black hair. He was wearing a blue plaid long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

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