Three suspects wanted for posing as Delaware caseworkers

DOVER – Delaware State Police are investigating a Friday morning incident at a Dover-area residence in which three suspects claimed to be caseworkers from Child Protective Services.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at approximately 11:22 a.m. on South Old Mill Road in Dover, when a female accompanied by two males, made contact with a female resident and advised her that they were from Child Protective Services and needed to check on the welfare of her children.

Neither of the three suspects displayed nor could provide credentials or proof of identification, police said. The female suspect was in possession of paperwork that contained the child’s name, however she refused to show it in its entirety to the resident. As the female suspect spoke with the resident, the male suspects, who both wore holstered handguns on their waistbands, proceeded to take photographs of a vehicle parked in the driveway, according to authorities.

The female resident became suspicious and stated that she was going to call the police, at which time all three suspects fled, police said. The resident then immediately contacted the Division of Family Services who confirmed that they had not dispatched any caseworkers to her residence.

Police described the suspects as:

• A 30-year-old white female, wearing a blue suit and driving a white, Nissan sedan.

• A middle-aged white male, wearing an all-black button down shirt.

• A 20-year-old black male with light complexion, wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, black pants and a black baseball cap.

Both male suspects fled in a black, Chevrolet Tahoe, police said.

Police said all Delaware Division of Family Services employees will produce an official State of Delaware-issued photo ID card when on official business. If necessary you can ask for a supervisor’s name and then call the DFS hotline at 800-292-9582 to verify the employee’s identity and authenticity of the visit.

According to police, in Delaware this agency is known as DFS or Division of Family Services not CPS (Child Protective Services) as it is known in other states. An actual state of Delaware employee will not identify themselves as being from Child Protective Services.

Police ask anyone with information to call Troop 3 at 698-8453. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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