Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are asking for the public's help in identifying and arresting a suspect who is impersonating a police officer.
The unidentified black male is targeting elderly people. On Friday he allegedly scammed a 91-year-old Tampa woman out of $1,300.
According to a TPD report the man approached his victim just after 2 p.m. as she was walking to a grocery store on North 40th St.
When the woman stopped to take a break from walking the suspect approached, driving southbound in an older model 4-door vehicle. In front of the Gary Adult School the man produced a gold badge and identified himself as a police officer.
The report states the suspect produced a picture showed it to the elderly woman and asked if some young women in the photo were her grandchildren.
The man called the victim by her name and recited her address. The suspect told the woman walk on to the grocery store and he would talk to her again when she came out.
The victim went inside the store made some purchases and encountered the suspect again on her way back home. She allowed him to come inside her apartment.
He again produced the picture he had shown her earlier and stated the women in the photo were the victim's grand-daughters. He told her that he was investigating them for fraud and that if she had any cash in her home she should give it to him.
The elderly woman complied and the suspect immediately fled the scene.
Investigators believe this man is the same suspect who attempted a similar scam on an elderly woman earlier this week. The man fled after his intended victim called a relative to confirm his story.
Tampa Police wish to remind citizens that if they are approached by a person that is identifying themselves as a police officer to ask for identification. If they still don't feel comfortable they are asked to call TPD's non-emergency number at 813-231-6130 and ask for a supervisor.
The suspect stands between 5'5'' and 5'7'' tall, has a medium build and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He is between 40 and 50 years of age and was last seen wearing a gray suit. He has a thin mustache.
The vehicle the suspect was driving is white on the top and brown on the bottom. If you have any information about this case please contact the Tampa Police Department.
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