NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Thursday for a suspect who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and stole a man’s car in the Bronx last month.
The 31-year-old victim had been trying to sell his 2003 black Mercury Mountaineer, which was parked in front of 1703 Jerome Ave. in the Bronx, police said.READ MORE: New York City Rolls Out $100 Incentive For Getting Vaccinated As CDC Report Warns Delta Variant As Contagious As Chicken Pox
Around 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, the suspect came up and asked about the sport-utility vehicle and asked if he could take it for a test drive, police said.
The victim was leery, but the suspect then showed what the victim thought was a police shield and claimed to be a police officer, police said.READ MORE: Broadway Vaccine Mandate: Audiences Must Be Vaccinated And Masked; Performers, Crew And Staff Required To Be Vaccinated
The victim then agreed and went to get the title of the vehicle, police said. The suspect hopped in the car and drove off, and neither he nor the car have been seen since, police said.
The suspect was described as being in his early 40s and weighing about 300 pounds.MORE NEWS: Man Suffers Broken Nose In Alleged Anti-Asian Attack At Midtown Subway Station
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.