Fake Cop Knocking on Lower East Side Apartment Doors?

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

One spooked Boogie reader feels a cop impersonator is on the loose, and filed the following report yesterday:

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Have you received any tips from LES residents regarding a police impersonator? Yesterday (3/28/12) in the evening between the hours of 8pm – 9pm, a Caucasian man dressed as a police officer knocked on my apartment door which was slightly cracked open since we were cooking dinner earlier and didn’t want the apartment to smell. My mother opened the door to see who was knocking and we saw a police officer. We didn’t think about anything at first since it was unusual to see a lone policeman in a private building and were briefly distracted. I asked the individual if anything was wrong, and he proceeded to ask us if we kept our door open all the time and disregarded my question. I told him that the door was open earlier since we were cooking dinner. Then he asks me whether I was afraid of being robbed and told us not to leave our door open and that we should put the chain lock on. Afterwards he left and didn’t do anything further.

However, we were a bit spooked and realized that it was an impersonator who was probably casing the building for a robbery. It was suspicious since there was no other police officer with him and policemen would never enter a private building alone. Also, there was nothing in the building to investigate and it wasn’t like he was knocking on every apartment to question anybody. In addition, the uniform did not look like a standard issue NYPD uniform with the decals, badge and belt.

The individual was a Caucasian male with dark brown hair and eyes and is between 6’2” to 6’5”. There was no visible badge or identification and he did not show anything that would identify him as law enforcement. I called the local precinct to see if there was anyone authorized to patrol my building and they brushed off my concerns.

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