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Fake police officer cons woman out of her car at Tower City in Cleveland, real police say

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 14:23:09-05

CLEVELAND — Authorities are looking for a man they say posed as a Cleveland police officer to con a woman out of her car at Tower City on Tuesday.

According to police, a woman was parked out front of Tower City when a man walked up to her around 5:15 p.m., showed her a badge and said she was illegally parked. The man then asked for her ID and “acted as if he was checking her through radio dispatch,” police said.

The man told the woman to leave her keys inside her car and go inside Tower City for the person she was waiting for, police said. The woman did so and after heading inside, the man got in her car and drove off.

About an hour later, another officer found the stolen vehicle in a driveway on East 59th Street. The officer reported that a man drove the car into the driveway, got out, kicked the side door several times, then walked away. The person inside the home then called Cleveland police.

The man who allegedly stole the car is wanted for grand theft of a motor vehicle and impersonation of a peace officer. He was described by the victim as a 6-foot tall white male with blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing a black shirt and jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cleveland police detectives at 216-623-5319.

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