COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County residents should be on the lookout after police say three men in the area are claiming to be police officers.
However, that is not the case -- these individuals aren't really police, at all.
And, it wasn't until Wednesday morning that a man and his small children realized the would-be-bandits may have been trying to break into their home on Chisholm Trail in Marietta.
"Apparently these three males were heard by the residents banging or beating on the back door," said Sgt. Dana Pierce, Public Information Officer for Cobb County Police.
All three cop impersonators approached the house around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
According to witnesses, the cop impostors were dressed as if they were about to make an arrest or execute some type of search warrant.
"Appeared to be some type of police vest or police jacket could easily be confused with normal law enforcement people," Sgt. Pierce said.
The owner told police, however, the men were trying to break into his home.
Robert Kummer, who lives directly across the street, says he told police he spotted the men the night before. The men were all describes as black males, all over 6 feet tall - one with locs and another with tattoos on his face.
The neighbor told investigators that one was driving an older Chevy Lumina and the other was in a 1979 Camaro.
Kummer then described one of the men he saw walking past the home a number of times.
"It was just weird that he was pacing up and down the street between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.," said Kummer.
Though, it is still unclear as to why the men were there.
"We don't know exactly the motive as to the reason why they were there," Sgt. Pierce said.
The homeowner didn't waste any time gathering his children and dialing 9-1-1 for help -- a smart move that may have saved his family from a situation that could have taken a turn for the worse.
That's enough to have Kummer taking the necessary steps to protect himself and his home.
"We've even discussed getting an alarm in or which ever the case may be," Kummer said.
"This is more of an isolated incident at this point," Sgt. Pierce said. "We have no similar type in Cobb County, but we need to let people know that these people are out there trying to victimize them."