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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Man Robbed by Fake Cops in the Mission District

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:28 PM

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  • The real deal.

Here’s an odd incident:

Around 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning, a 54-year-old man was on 19th and Capp streets in the Mission District when a “boxy” gray sedan pulled up. According to Bay City News (via SF Appeal), that’s when two young men exited the vehicle, told the victim they were police officers, and instructed him to turn around. When he did, the pair reportedly reached into the victim’s back pocket and stole his wallet, which contained cash and a debit card.

The robbers then fled the scene, and neither they nor their vehicle has been located. Luckily, the victim wasn’t injured. 

This isn't the first time thieves in San Francisco have masqueraded as someone else. In January, police warned Parkside residents not to open their doors to fake utility workers. And in February, local media, including Kron 4's Stanley Roberts, exposed fake monks who were scamming unsuspecting passersby downtown.   

Anyone with information about Tuesday's counterfeit cops can call the SFPD’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. 

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