Police in Hackney are investigating three incidents in a 24-hour period where a man has stolen items from members of the public after claiming to be a police officer.
On each occasion, the suspect has approached people in the street and informed them he is a plain clothes police officer. He has demanded to see identification and on two occasions searched the members of public stating that they were acting suspiciously, or that they matched the description of a suspect sought by the police.
The first incident took place on Sunday 8 April at approximately 01:25hrs in Alvington Crescent, E8 – the victim’s wallet was stolen.
The second incident took place that evening between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs in Evering Road, N16. He demanded the victim confirm their identity and then stole their bank card and phone.
The final incident took place at around 03:50hrs on Monday, 9 April, the suspect approached a member of the public near Willow Cottages, N16 and said he needed to carry out a search. He then assaulted the victim and stole their phone and wallet.
All of the victims were men.
DC Mark Longley of Hackney CID said: “A genuine police officer will always identify themselves using an official warrant card. This will always be in their possession and be available for inspection whether or not they are in uniform. Members of the public can also call 101 to confirm the identity of a police officer.
“Work is underway to identify and arrest this man but I would ask that all members of the public remain vigilant and contact police immediately if they are approached by this individual.”
The suspect is described as white, aged 40-50 years, approximately 5ft 10ins with short hair.
No arrests. Enquiries continue.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.