QUEENS — A man pretending to be a police officer robbed a woman driving in Queens near Elmhurst and Rego Park after pulling her over into an Olive Garden parking lot with a fake badge, the NYPD said Wednesday.
The robbery happened on Sept. 29 at about 11:35 a.m. near 59th Avenue and 92nd Street. The 37-year-old woman was stopped at a red light when the phony cop pulled up alongside her and flashed a shield, police said.
He ordered her to pull over into the nearby restaurant parking lot and identified himself as a police officer, officials said. He demanded the woman give him money or else he’d issue her a ticket.
She gave the man $360 in cash, and the man fled the scene in the dark-colored sedan he was driving, cops said.
Police described the alleged impersonator as a man between 45 and 55 years of age; he was last seen wearing a multi-colored shirt, dark-colored shorts and a baseball cap.
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