Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Police Service continues to seek public assistance to identify a man believed to be impersonating a police officer and committing robberies.
On Monday, June 5, 2017, a female victim was contacted by a man she met online and agreed to meet him later that evening at a business located in the 2800 block of Sunridge Way N.E. At approximately 7:45 p.m., the man arrived to the business and immediately identified himself as a police officer and stated that he had search warrant for drugs. The woman asked for the man’s badge number, at which point the offender grabbed and pushed her and began yelling at her to stop resisting arrest. The victim requested the offender to get more officers to execute the search warrant, at which time the offender fled the business.
The victim followed the offender and observed him entering an older model, black Volkswagen Jetta.
The offender is believed to be the same man responsible for similar offences that occurred earlier this year, and is not a legitimate police officer.
The man is described as possibly being of Middle Eastern descent, approximately 20 to 30 years old, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with a slim to medium build, short black hair and a days-growth of facial hair. In the most recent incident, the man was wearing a dark-coloured, long-sleeve shirt and a black vest that said “POLICE” in large letters underneath a dark-blue jacket. It is believed the man was also wearing a belt that was holding a flashlight, baton and a gun in a holster.
The Calgary Police Service is asking for public assistance to identify a man believed to be responsible for two robberies in Calgary and one in Leduc, Alta.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, at approximately 5:50 p.m., police were called to a business located in the 800 block of 12 Avenue S.W., for reports of a robbery. It is alleged that a man and woman met online and had agreed to meet in person at the business. When the man arrived, he opened up his jacket, displaying a vest that said “POLICE” across the chest. He stated he was a police officer and then stole the woman’s debit card, cell phone, laptop and an undisclosed amount of cash. He immediately fled the scene.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a different woman who had also met a man online arranged to meet him at a business located in the 2500 block of 48 Avenue N.E. Upon meeting, the man revealed a black vest that said “POLICE” across the chest and then placed the woman in handcuffs. He then took the woman’s cell phone and an undisclosed amount of money before removing the handcuffs and fleeing the scene.
Upon reviewing CCTV images from both incidents, it is believed the same suspect is responsible for both robberies and is not a legitimate police officer. Through working with the RCMP, investigators also believe that a similar incident that occurred in Leduc, Alta., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, is connected to these robberies.
The man is described as possibly being of Middle Eastern descent, approximately 20 to 30 years old, 5’7” to 5’8” tall, with a slim to medium build and black ear-length hair. In all incidents he was dressed in black pants, black boots and a black sweater, with a black vest or shirt underneath that said “POLICE” in large letters. He was also wearing black eye glasses and a ‘Coors Light’ baseball hat during the first incident.
Anyone with information about these incidents or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously be contacting Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
Case #: 17232660/4252
Calgary Police Service