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Fake Cop Robs Residents at Gunpoint

A sketch of the man who allegedly robbed Canarsie residents at gunpoint.
A sketch of the man who allegedly robbed Canarsie residents at gunpoint.
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BROOKLYN — A man who masqueraded as a police officer robbed residents at gunpoint in Canarsie on Wednesday afternoon, the NYPD reported.

At 12:30 p.m., the man knocked on the door of a house on Canarsie Road, police said. He was wearing a gold police shield around his neck, a baseball cap, and a jacket that bore NYPD patches.

When the residents answered the door, the man identified himself as a police officer, cops said. He said he was investigating a break-in, and asked to enter the residence.

Once inside, the suspect pulled out a black firearm and ordered the residents to the floor, according to the NYPD. He tied up the residents, covered their heads, then let a second suspect into the house. The pair stole an unspecified amount of cash and fled.

The NYPD declined to state how many residents were home at the time of the robbery. The victims described the suspect as between 35 and 45 years old, with a light complexion and light brown or dirty-blond hair. He was last seen wearing a light-colored baseball cap.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (5477). Members of the public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.