Fake cop gets prison time for home invasion

A 25-year-old man who authorities said pretended to be a DeKalb County police officer during a home invasion was sentenced to federal prison Thursday.

Torrez Seymore, of Baltimore, was given 13 years, 10 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possessing with the intent to distribute marijuana obtained by robbery and discharging a firearm in connection with that robbery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said. Seymore pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday.

Seymore and four other armed people dressed as police officers invaded a home on Hyland Drive in DeKalb County in search of marijuana suppliers on Jan. 14, 2010, prosecutors said. The group wore fake badges and vests with “Police” printed on them, authorities said, and yelled “DeKalb County Police get down, cuff him!” at their target.

Gunfire was exchanged and the victim was beaten, officials said. The victim was taken to another location, which the group believed to be the “stash” house. The victim’s girlfriend fled that home and alerted police, who rescued the victim.

“Homes being raided by criminals dressed in law enforcement gear, carrying guns and yelling police is extremely unsettling,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in the news release. “This case effectively dismantled this robbery crew.”