Man robs woman after posing as officer
TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) -- Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who posed as a police officer and robbed a woman.
The suspect wore a badge on his belt, stood in the middle of the road and directed a driver to pull over for what the victim thought would be a speeding ticket, the afternoon of Aug. 13. "He had on the boots. He had a badge, he had a badge," said the woman, who only identified herself as Brooke.
The man ordered the 21-year-old out of her car, but she instead, rolled up her passenger window when she felt something was not right.
The subject pulled out an item that looked like a crowbar and used it to smash the window. "He grabbed a crowbar from behind him. He smashed my window out," the victim said.
He grabbed the woman's purse from the front passenger seat, but she took hold of her valuables. "We struggled back and forth tugging," she said.
The struggle between the two continued until the victim was able to snatch the purse from her attacker. The subject then grabbed the victim's cell phone and laptop just before he ran back to his dark-colored Ford Taurus.
She called 911, and police searched the area but came up empty-handed.
The woman suffered only a small cut on her hand from the broken glass.
The suspect is described as a white male with short, black, spiky hair and blue eyes. He had been wearing a white T-shirt, black jeans and black boots.
Anyone with information about this police impostor should call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward worth up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Police advise that if you ever feel you are being pulled over by a suspicious vehicle, put on your hazard lights, drive to a populated, well-lit area and call 911.
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