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LAPD searches for robber posing as police officer

July 29, 2010 |  1:28 pm

Police Impersonator 3 Authorities are looking for a police impersonator responsible for a series of robberies since June in the Westlake area, where he has flashed badges and in some cases handcuffed victims.

LAPD robbery-homicide detectives believe the impersonator is responsible for at least five robberies. In each case, the suspect has a a phony police badge hanging from his neck.

When he approaches his victims, he identifies himself as a plainclothes police officer, then performs a pat-down search on them before robbing them, police said.

In some incidents, the man has handcuffed his victims prior to searching them and their vehicles. The man takes the victim’s money and then escapes in a 2000-2006 gray or dark blue Chevy Suburban with a luggage rack on top.  Composite Sketch

The suspect is described as a Latino in his early 40s with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos of female faces on both arms. He is between 5 feet 11 and 6 feet tall and weighs from 200 to 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing bluejeans, a T-shirt and a two-tone baseball cap.

The first incident occurred June 14 about 5:30 p.m. in 1400 block of S. Bonnie Brae Street. It was followed by similar robberies June 19, June 30 and July 14. The latest reported robbery was July 18.

In one case the robber was caught on video. Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at (213) 486-6840.

-- Richard Winton

Top photo: Surveillance video of police impersonator. Bottom: Composite sketch of the robber. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department