Two tricksters bluffed their way into a Wembley home and stole £800 by pretending to be police officers and handcuffing one of the occupants.
The burglars turned up at a house in Charterhouse Avenue on Saturday at 9.25pm dressed in full police uniform and carried out the theft. Afterwards those in the property dialled the genuine police to report the incident.
Brent Police said in a statement: "Officers attended and spoken with two occupants who explained how two men dressed as police officers tricked their way into their home before handcuffing one of them and searching the property on the pretext that they had been told that drug dealing was taking place at the address.
"The two men left soon after, leaving one of the victims in handcuffs, claiming they would return shortly.
"The two occupants would later find an untidy search had taken place upstairs and that a quantity of cash had been stolen."
Both suspects are described as black men aged between 20 and 25 years, approximately 6ft tall, and clean shaven.
Both suspects wore a policeman beat helmet, a white shirt, a dark jacket, black trousers, black gloves and a high visibility jacket with the words 'Police' emblazoned across it.
● Officers are urging anyone who has information regarding the two men to contact police on 0208 733 3709 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.