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VIDEO: Elderly Woman Gives Cash to Man Impersonating Cop, Police Say

By Torey Van Oot | July 30, 2013 8:31pm
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New York Police Department

NEW YORK — An elderly woman's willingness to help solve a crime left her a victim last month, when a man impersonating a police officer duped her into giving him at least $1,000 in cash, cops said.

The 83-year-old woman lost a "large amount" of money after she agreed to take cash out of an ATM in Brooklyn's 68th Precinct to aid the man, who said he was a police offer conducting an investigation, police said. He was being sought Tuesday on potential charges of grand larceny and impersonating an officer. 

A video of the June 19 encounter, released by police Tuesday, shows the woman reaching into her purse and handing the man what appears to be a bag or envelope containing the money. The victim and the suspect appear to engage in small talk before and after the exchange.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident, which occurred at about 1 p.m. within the 68th Precinct, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).