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Police have cited two Lincoln men on suspicion of impersonating a public safety officer and trying to steal a woman’s bulldog.

Officer Angela Sands said on May 9, an 18-year-old woman and her boyfriend rushed home after getting a call from a neighbor saying two men were trying to steal the dog. When they got there, Sands said, it looked as if the men had been trying to lasso the dog.

The couple confronted the men, wearing tactical vests, badges, batons, guns in holsters and black clothes with no patch or identifying logos. The woman said one said he was an animal control officer and claimed it was illegal to have a dog on a balcony.

Three days later, the same two men are believed to have called animal control, claiming the dog had been abandoned in the apartment in the 5500 block of Shady Creek Court after the owners moved.

Sands said the animal control officer noticed the men were in a Jeep with flashing red and blue lights. One, in tactical gear, introduced himself as “Captain Fuller” of Five Points Security, and tried to get her to force entry to get the dog. The officer grew suspicious and alerted police, who cited 22-year-old Trey Piper and 30-year-old Zachary Fuller of Lincoln on Saturday on suspicion of impersonating a public service officer.

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