(CBS Seattle) – At least two people have encountered a man posing as a police officer in Volunteer Park. Both cases have been reported to the Seattle Police Department, and officials are encouraging anyone else who has seen or dealt with the suspect to come forward with any details.
During one occasion, the man posing as an officer was able to convince a park patron to remove his wallet so he could inspect his driver’s license. The suspect then told the victim that he and his “partner” were conducting an undercover operation inside the park, and that the victim would need to stay out of Volunteer Park, Woodland Park and the Arboretum, according to police. The next day, the victim noticed one of his credit cards was missing and later found out through his bank there had been fraudulent activity happening in his bank account.
Another instance involved the same routine where the suspect was able to convince a man to hand over his wallet for an inspection. In this occurrence, cash was taken from the wallet.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 40 years old, ”scruffy looking” with short brown hair.
Seattle Police officials warn that if someone is identifying himself/herself as an officer and you have doubts about his or her authenticity, you have the right to request a uniformed officer or a supervisor to the scene.
If you have any information about these incidents or need to report a separate one, call the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.
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