Mansfield police issue warning of suspects impersonating Children Services officials

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MANSFIELD, Ohio — Police in Mansfield are warning residents following two incidents where suspects appeared to impersonate public officials with Richland County Children Services and tried to gain entry into homes.

The Mansfield Police Department says the first incident occurred on Oct. 11 in the area of Sycamore and West 3rd Street. A resident told police that two women claimed to be from Richland County Children Services and attempted to enter the home.

Police say the women left after the resident confronted them about not being from the agency.

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In another incident on Tuesday afternoon at around 4:30, police responded to the 1700 block of Middle-Bellville Road on a similar report.

Police say two women and a man told the resident that they were with Richland County Children Services and needed to come inside to discuss an open case.

The resident became suspicious of the photo ID’s since the blue lanyard didn’t look right and there was no other paperwork confirming their identities. When the resident asked them about it, the suspects said it “was a new look” for the agency.

Police say the resident denied entry for the suspects and they left in a dark blue Toyota/SUV crossover. The resident said the license plate was not a government type since it didn’t have red letters.

Police believe the two incidents are related. Richland County Children Services was contacted each time and said no one from their agency went to those addresses.

The first woman is described as white, in her 30’s with glasses and long brown hair. The second woman is also white, in her 30s and has shorter blond hair. The last suspect was described as an older white male with glasses and was wearing a red shirt and khakis.

Police say anyone with information on the suspects, including having surveillance video of them, should contact Lt. Rob Skropits of Major Crimes at (419) 755-9755.