NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released new surveillance video in hopes of catching a man they say impersonated an NYPD detective and made unauthorized purchases with a woman’s credit cards.
The 29-year-old victim was in the vicinity of 121 Saint Mark’s Place in the East Village around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 when she realized her wallet and cellphone were missing. She went home and called 911.
The next morning, she received a call from a man claiming to be an NYPD detective. The man said he arrested the person who stole her property, police said.
Authorities say he then asked the woman for the code to access her cellphone, saying he needed to review the call history.
Soon after she complied, her cellphone was turned off and several unauthorized purchases were made with her credit cards, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers Website or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.