NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Most bandits looking to conceal their identities hide behind masks. Police say these robbers hid behind shields.

The NYPD says on Valentine’s Day, three men entered the Pay-O-Matic check cashing store on South Conduit Avenue in Rosedale. The three suspects were all wearing dark blue jackets with a “NYPD” logo on them. They were also wearing police-type shields around their necks. Two of the men wore blue jeans, one wore tan khaki pants. Two of the suspects wore Yankee caps and all three wore sunglasses.

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Police say the suspects told the folks there they were detectives and proceeded to take cash from the shop.

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The NYPD say this is the Ford Expedition three alleged police impersonators drove off in after robing a check cashing store on Feb. 14, 2012. (credit: NYPD)

After heisting the money, they drove off in a dark, late ’90’s Ford Expedition with a broken rear passenger window. The window was covered with black plastic duct-taped to the vehicle. The SUV may have had Virginia plates, police say.

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If you recognize the suspects or their vehicle, you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-5777-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your tip via the Crime Stoppers website or by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.