Trio of Fake Cops Robs Rosedale, Queens Pay-O-Matic

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It sure looks like a good way to be a criminal in this town is to pretend to be a cop.

Cops say these men pulled up to a Rosedale Pay-O-Matic check cashing store at 247-12 South Conduit Avenue around 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, identified themselves as detectives, and made off with cash. Then, they hit the road in a late 1990s Ford Expedition with a "broken rear passenger window that was covered by black plastic and secured with silver-colored duct tape." (Classy.) The truck might have had Virginia license plates.

Unlike Larry Thomas, who police say claimed to be a police officer without any fancy getup, these suspects had quite the fake-cop costume and eye for detail. All three men, described as white males, donned jackets with an embroidered "NYPD" logo on the chest, police-type shields hanging around their necks, and sunglasses. Two also wore New York Yankees baseball caps.

Remember that several other goofy grifters have recently made like law enforcement to crib cash. In January, a man claimed to be an NYPD officer -- and would stop and frisk his victims just like a real agent -- before robbing a victim of his watch and wallet. There was also a do-no-good duo who attacked several spas in January, brandishing bogus badges to "review" the biz' licenses and cash.

Know these guys? Then call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.



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