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“POLICE IMPERSONATOR” WANTED Surveillance Video Released

BSO Case Number: PB02-10-10139
PIO Number: 02-10-49
Date: October 24, 2002
Time: 2110
Place of Occurrence: 2500 North Powerline Road, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • 65-year-old Tamarac man

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified male

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office robbery detectives are seeking the public’s help with identifying a brazen robber who, while posing as a law enforcement officer, robbed a customer at an adult video store in Pompano Beach.

The incident took place last Thursday, October 24th shortly after 9 p.m. at Adult Video Connection, which is located at 2500 North Powerline Road. The unidentified white male with medium build entered one of the video booths, identified himself as a law enforcement officer and told the victim what he was doing was illegal. The police impersonator told the victim if he didn’t come with him he would be arrested. The victim decided to comply after the suspect showed him a badge that resembled a sheriff’s star.

In the front of the store near the checkout counter, the suspect is seen on surveillance video persuading the victim to leave with him. The suspect, after appearing to flash a police badge, even tells the victim that if he cooperates then he won’t be arrested.

The victim told detectives he was handcuffed and patted down before the suspect removed his wallet. The police perpetrator removed the handcuffs, gave the victim his wallet back, and told him never to return to the store or he would be arrested.

While driving home, the victim said he felt uneasy about the incident and decided to call police after discovering three of his credit cards were missing from his wallet.

BSO Robbery detectives also were able to obtain surveillance video at a Pompano Beach Winn Dixie and Wal-Mart, where the suspect used the victim’s credit cards to go on a shopping spree for personal hygiene items, cat food, cigarettes, household goods, and other miscellaneous items.

One witness said the suspect might have left in a red vehicle, mid-1990’s model with possibly a hatchback and partial tag of U-G-C. Anyone with information on the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to call BSO Robbery Det. Lacy Crew at (954) 321-4270 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS.
MEDIA NOTE: SURVEILLANCE VIDEO IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REPRODUCTION AT BSO’S MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER UNTIL 5 P.M. TODAY.

INVESTIGATORS: Robbery Det. L. Crew, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/ PIO 10/29/02 0915

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