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Police impersonators strike in Greektown

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Baltimore police are investigating an unarmed robbery in which the victim said his attackers were impersonating police officers — at least the fifth such incident in recent months.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said police do not believe a single group of people is committing the similar crimes, which have taken place across the city. He referred to the latest attack as a "copycat" incident, though he stressed that residents should be alert and report suspicious activity.

The latest robbery took place in Greektown on Monday night. Police said three men knocked on a door in the 300 block of S. Lehigh St. at about 10:20 p.m. and said they were police officers. According to the police report, at least one of the men was wearing a shirt that said "Police."

The victim, identified only as a 24-year-old man, was told to put his hands on the wall, and one of the men began to search him. The man removed $1,800 in cash from the victim's back pocket, and the three fled on foot.

The assailants are described as three white males, about six feet tall and wearing dark pants and blue latex gloves. One of the men had a dark beard, was about 280 pounds and wore a black knit cap.

In a similar incident reported last week, three men — two white and one black — forced their way into a home in Northwest Baltimore and handcuffed two people before rifling through the home. One of the victims was shot in the face.

There was also a series of similar incidents in June, when police impersonators entered homes and bound the occupants in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside, Federal Hill, and a community in Northwest Baltimore. Police made an arrest in at least one of those cases.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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