Police have charged an Essex man with pretending to be a police officer and stealing cash and a cellphone from a group of men in Washington Hill last month, court records show.
Ioannis Skordalos, 35, of the 300 block of Riverside Drive faces charges of robbery, impersonating an officer and theft, and was being held without bail. There have been a series of police impersonation cases in recent months, including one in Greektown that occurred the day after Skordalos was charged, but he has not been linked to any other incidents.
A victim told police that on Sept. 26, three men wearing badges around their necks resembling FBI credentials knocked on his door in the 1800 block of E. Lombard St. and demanded to come inside. One of the intruders held a clipboard with pictures of Hispanic males and told the three victims to sit on the couch, as two other men went upstairs and began looking through their belongings, court records show.
When one of the victims asked if the intruders were really police, the man with the clipboard made threatening comments and said, "Shut up or we'll call [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]!" according to court records.
The men drove off in a white or tan Ford Expedition. The victims checked their rooms to see what was taken and found that $1,015 in cash, two business checks and a cellphone were missing, police said.
Police developed Skordalos as a suspect, and according to court records, a victim identified him as the man who was holding the clipboard.
Court records show Skordalos had been charged with armed robbery and impersonating a police officer in 2004. Those charges were dropped 10 days later.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun