NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD said Sunday officers are trying to find a man linked to a pattern of alleged police impersonation around the city.

Police say Anthony Gonzalez posed as law enforcement to coerce people to pay for law services, though no such services were provided.

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According to police, Gonzalez most recently posed as a detective to take nearly $4,000 from a 45-year-old man on May 13. Investigators said Gonzalez told the man the money would pay for law services.

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Back on April 14, police say Gonzalez took a 60-year-old man’s computer, two pairs of sneakers, more than a dozen bottles of cologne and clothing.

Nearly a year ago, on July 20, 2020, police say Gonzalez displayed a badge and firearm during an argument with an employee at an apartment building on West 49th Street. Gonzalez allegedly threatened the have the employee investigated by law enforcement.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

CBSNewYork Team