Man impersonates police officer during robbery in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a suspect who impersonated an officer during a robbery in Peoria then tried to the victim's credit and debit cards at several stores.

Police said the male suspect approached a 56-year-old man at a community mailbox cluster near Northern and 87th avenues on May 20 and identified himself as an off-duty police officer. The suspect told the victim that he contacted him for "almost running over a pedestrian."

Peoria police spokesman Jay Davies said the suspect did not show a badge and didn't have any clothing or a vehicle indicating that he was a police officer.

The suspect asked for the man's license, registration and insurance then told him to place his hands on top of his vehicle so he could "frisk" him. Davies said the suspect patted down the victim and took his wallet.

The suspect then fled in a red four-door Dodge pickup truck with a missing hubcap on the front passenger wheel.

Davies said the suspect attempted to use the victim's credit/debit cards at several convenience stores.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, in his late 30s, wearing sunglasses and a hat. Police released surveillance video of the suspect at a Chevron and his truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-7045 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.