POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- Two men claiming to be with the Polk County Sheriff's Office tried to pound down the door of a sleeping homeowner, according to deputies.
Now, the two men are nowhere to be found.
The attempted home invasion happened in the middle of the night Saturday on Alderman Road in Auburndale. The men in the surveillance video don't look like deputies, but the victim, Randolph Harris, said from inside his home, they sure sounded like them.
Randolph Harris said the men shattered his window and tried to break down his door, shouting “Polk County Sheriff’s Office.”
“At that point in time, I jumped up,” Harris said.
He almost opened the door but instead peeked through his broken window.
“I made my alarm go off,” Harris explained. “When I made the house alarm go off, they ran.”
The real Polk County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down the men. The sheriff’s office Facebook post has been shared hundreds of times, in part because of its tongue-in-cheek description of the county jail.
“If these guys were just trying to get inside to look for a warm place to stay and maybe some nice meals for their bellies, we'll be happy to provide those for them,” Brian Bruchey, who wrote the post for the sheriff’s office, said.
Harris said the attempted armed break-in is keeping him up at night.
“At nighttime, any little noise I hear, I'm up looking,” he said. “Any time my dog barks, I'm looking. Of course I'm nervous.”
He admits his past isn't squeaky clean, but he said that's 20 years behind him. Harris says he doesn't know these guys and doesn't know why they're targeting him.
“That's why I want them in jail,” Harris said. “Then, I can sleep in peace.”
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