Fake cops who stole cash from a man on an Elmhurst street remain at large

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Cops are on the hunt for two men who posed as police officers in order to rob a 60-year-old man in Elmhurst last week.

According to the NYPD, the incident occurred on Sept. 19 at about 3:20 p.m. around Ithaca Avenue and Britton Avenue. The men, driving a grey sedan, approached the victim and told him they were police officers.

The driver, who was wearing an identification holder around his neck, got out of the car and told the man to raise his hands. The suspect in the passenger seat also exited the car while the victim was being frisked. The driver took $100 in cash from the victim and both suspects got back in their car and fled the scene.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green, long-sleeved shirt, black sweat pants and white sneakers.

Police describe the second suspect as a Hispanic male who was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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