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CPD warns of police impersonator on the Near North Side

January 20, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Chicago Police officials are warning Near North Side residents about a police impersonator who reportedly took money from an elderly person on two separate occasions while pretending to be a law enforcement official.

The alert said the offender called the person and told them that a relative was under arrest, and that to help with the investigation they needed to withdraw "a large sum of money" from their bank account. A second offender met with the person at the bank to get the money, the report said, and he told the person not to tell anyone else about the financial exchange because it would "hurt the investigation."

The alert also said the offenders would sometimes contact the elderly person to ask for more money.

The alert said the two offenders were male, black, 5'07 to 5'10, and one appeared to be between 40 and 55 years old, while the other appeared to be at least 60, with salt-and-pepper hair.

Police officials said no police agency will ever for money, for an investigation or any other reason. They suggest people protect themselves by asking law enforcement officers for identification before interacting with them, and when in doubt, people can call 911 and ask for a uniformed officer or uniformed supervisor.

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