Police impersonators accused of robbing victims in Queens

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QUEENS (PIX11) -- Police are hoping the public can help identify and locate two men accused of impersonating police officers then robbing several victims.

According to the NYPD, one man approaches a victim and identifies himself as a police officer while the second suspect remains in the vehicle.

Six different people have reported the same incident between Oct. 29, 2014 and March 15, 2015 in the vicinity of Ridgewood, Flushing and Long Island City.

All of the victims tell police they were walking when they are stopped by a Hispanic male who identifies himself as police and then proceeds to search the victims. The suspect then allegedly removes property from them during the search. The suspects then flee in a black Lincoln town car or dark van.

Sal Lifrieri, a former NYPD detective watched surveillance video of the suspect and told PIX 11, "the way he held the flashlight, the way he approached him, talked to him, he seemed to have engaged the person with some familiarity of police policy or procedures."

The first incident happened on Oct. 29, 2014, at the corner of 82nd Street and Furmanville Avenue where the suspect robbed the 21-year-old victim of $80.

The next incident took place Nov. 27, 2014, at the corner of James Avenue and 88th Street where a 40-year-old man was robbed of his wallet.

On Dec. 11, 2014, a 39-year-old man was robbed of $17 in front of 39-66 65th Street.

Another incident was reported on Valentine's Day of 2015 in front of 102-26 45th Avenue where a wallet and cell phone was taken from a 37-year-old man.

On Feb. 26, the due robbed a 33-year-old man of a wallet containing $650.

The most recent robbery happened at the corner of 102nd Street and 45th Avenue where a 45-year-old man was robbed of a wallet containing $480.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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