NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Someone has been posing as a cop and ripping off people that he met through Craigslist, police say. He’s even accused of groping a woman during one incident.
In February, the man — described by authorities as Asian, and between 22 and 27-years-old — met a 24-year-old woman at Columbus Ave and West 63rd Street after responding to an ad for a pair of cell phones.
The man took the phones, displayed a badge, and groped the woman’s breast before taking off in a white four door sedan.
Just over two months later on April 15, the man met a 16-year-old boy in front of 200 Eastern Parkway, again for an apparent cell phone sale. The suspect displayed a badge, and told the victim he was a police officer, before taking off in a white four door sedan.
Most recently on June 3, the man identified himself as a cop to a 23-year-old man he had met on Craigslist before grabbing his phone and taking off in a white sedan with New Jersey license plates.
Anyone with information regarding this incident has been 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 http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.