THE BRONX — A police impersonator robbed at least 10 people since 2012 after picking them up while driving a livery cab, according to the NYPD.
The man would identify himself as a police officer and then show his victims a shield before robbing them, police said. Victims told police that he also flashed a gun in some of muggings.
He first struck more than a year ago on June 12, 2012 at East 194th Street and Webster Avenue about 12:30 a.m., according to police.
He hit again on June 27, allegedly robbing someone at Westchester and Zerega avenues about 2 a.m.
On Sept. 30 he robbed someone at Park Avenue and East 181st Street at about 6 a.m., according to police.
The impersonator struck again in October and January, police added.
This year he has held up at least five people starting on February 14 when he robbed someone on Longwood Avenue between Beck and Fox streets at about 11:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.
He last picked up a victim on Sept. 23 on Rowland Street between Westchester and Tratman avenues at about 2:15 p.m., police said.
Cops did not release details about what the man said or how much money he took.
Police say the suspect is 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a heavy build.
He has been driving a brown Mercury Grand Marquis or Black Toyota livery cab.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.