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Fake Cops Rob West 4th Street Smoke Shop, Police Say

By Andrea Swalec | August 8, 2013 6:54pm
 A pair of thieves with a police shield robbed a Greenwich Village smoke shop on Aug. 6, 2013.
Police Impersonation Robbery Suspects
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A cigarette shop just steps from the bustling West Fourth Street subway station was robbed Tuesday night by a pair of police impersonators, the NYPD said.

Two men entered Third Ave. News Inc. — the smoke shop at 164 W. Fourth St. just west of Sixth Avenue — on Tuesday after 10:30 p.m. and displayed a shield, cops said.

One of the two men, who were both in their 30s, forced the shopkeeper outside, while the other man looted the store's cash register, according to police.

Third Ave. News did not immediately respond to inquiries about the crime, which was caught on surveillance camera.

Police described one suspect as a 6-foot-2 man with short black hair, last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and black sneakers. He had a white towel thrown over his shoulders, police said.

Police described the other suspect as a 5-foot-6 man with long black hair, wearing a black hat, orange T-shirt, black shorts and black sneakers.

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