The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the male seen in the attached surveillance photos and video in connection with a two-incident police impersonation pattern within the confines of the 45th and 50th Precincts. Details are as follows:
Incident #1: It was reported to police that on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 1:25 p.m. inside of a residential building in the vicinity of Fuller Street and Seddon Street, in the confines of the 45th Precinct, the victim, a 28-year-old female, returned to her apartment and discovered an unidentified male inside removing jewelry and placing it into a bag. The male identified himself as a police officer and stated that he was conducting an investigation. The victim unsuccessfully attempted to remove the bag from the unidentified male, who fled the apartment with the bag containing a bracelet, chain and necklace valued at a total of $2,800. The victim, who was not injured, stated that she had left a kitchen window closed but unlocked.
Incident #2: It was reported to police that on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. inside of a residential building in the vicinity of West 262nd Street and Huxley Avenue, the victim, a 25-year-old male, returned to his apartment after walking his dog and discovered that his apartment door, which he left unlocked, was locked. The victim unlocked the door, entered his apartment and discovered an unidentified male Hispanic, 40- to 45-years-old, 5’8″ and 200 lbs with salt-and-pepper hair, standing in his bedroom. The unidentified male displayed a handheld two-way radio, identified himself as a DEA agent, stated that he was searching for narcotics and demanded the victim’s ID. He removed two Bulova watches valued at a total of $500, a Samsung watch valued at $299, a Swatch valued at $199, a bracelet valued at $199 and $10 and then exited the apartment. The unidentified male was wearing a black rain jacket, black pants and black boots.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.