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Police impersonators steal in west Queens

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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:30 am

About a half hour after midnight on July 7, a 44-year-old man was walking home in Corona on 103rd Street by 37th Avenue.

Another man holding a radio stopped him. “Policia,” he said.

But the stranger wasn’t actually a cop, according to the NYPD.

The impersonator searched the 44-year-old’s pockets and took $500 from him. He then hopped into a dark Toyota Prius driven by an accomplice.

The victim grabbed the car. But that didn’t stop it from moving and dragging the man on the street, causing him to suffer abrasions to his buttocks and lower back. He declined medical attention.

The real cops are asking for the public’s help to catch the two perps. They victimized two more people in western Queens later in July, the NYPD said.

In front of 80-11 Broadway in Elmhurst on July 21 around 10:30 p.m., the goons approached a 54-year-old man and asked him to show his ID.

They took his wallet, which had $760. Heading north in the car on Broadway, they fled. No one was hurt in the incident.

On the following night around 10 p.m., the impersonators were at 93rd Street and 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights. They made off with $1,000 from a 51-year-old man’s wallet.

As with the previous incident, they took the money after asking the victim, who was not injured during the incident, for his ID. Fleeing, they drove the Prius north on 93rd.

A face sketch is available for one of the impersonators. Police describe both of the men as Hispanic.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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