NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday were searching for a suspect who allegedly pretended to be a police officer as he stole a cellphone from a 13-year-old boy at a subway stop in Washington Heights.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, the boy crawled under the turnstile at the 168th Street stop, which serves the A, C and No. 1 lines near NewYork Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, police said.

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The suspect posed as a police officer and stopped the boy, demanding his phone, police said. The suspect then told the boy he needed to borrow the phone, take some photos and come back, but he left and never returned, police said.

The victim had an HTC-One cellphone, police said.

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Police have released surveillance video of a suspect.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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