Police Impersonator Preys on Elderly Who Appear to be Octogenarians

Update: See previous posts – March 20, 2011 Police Impersonator Carjacks a Porsche, September 17, 2010 Impersonating Police Officers

Police Identification Card and Toronto Police Badge

A man (described as white, 45 to 55, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds and clean-shaven) representing himself as a police officer, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 robbed a 91 year old man and later, robbed an 85 year old man, using a walker.  Both robberies took place in the east end of Toronto, the first at approximately 1:20 p.m. in the parking lot at the Shoppers World Plaza at Danforth Ave and Victoria Park and the second, at 6:30 p.m. just minutes away south on Kingston Road, on on Queen Street East, near Alton Avenue, just west of Greenwood Avenue.

In the first police impersonation/robbery – the man, after claiming he was a police officer, told the 91 year old man that he had been using cocaine and demanded that the 91 year old victim, who was loading groceries into his vehicle, empty his pockets.  When the 91 year old victim complied with the man’s demand, the man grabbed the victim’s money and ran from the scene.

In the second police impersonation/robbery – a man, believed to be the same man as the one robbing the 91 year old victim, approached an 85 year old man using a walker. He told the 85 year old man, that he was a police officer and demanded to see the 85 year old man’s identification. The 85 year old man, using a walker, pulled out his wallet and the man took the victim’s wallet, removed the money from the wallet and handed the wallet back to the 85 year old victim and proceeded to run up Hiltz Avenue.

The man was able to rob these two elderly gentlemen of almost $300.00.  It is not known whether police were able to secure and review the video footage at the Shoppers World Plaza or were able to lift fingerprints from the second victim’s wallet.

Police are concerned that this same man may have already struck again with the same MO or that he may strike in the future.

Police are warning people (especially if you are between the age of 85 – 91) to request to see some identification. Toronto police carry their badges and an Identification card with them at all times, whether they are in full uniform or in plainclothes.  Police should show their badge and I.D. card upon request.  If someone claiming to be a police officer refuses to show their badge and I.D. card, something is wrong.



From the Toronto Police Service – News Release:

Police request assistance with personation investigation
Broadcast time: 15:23
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
55 Division

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance identifying a man who falsely identified himself as a police officer.

It is reported that:
− on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 1:20 p.m., a 91−year−old man was loading his car with groceries at 3003 Danforth Avenue,
− he was approached by a man who identified himself as a police officer,
− the man accused the victim of taking cocaine,
− the man demanded the victim empty his pockets,
− the man stole a quantity of money from the victim.

It is further reported that:
− at 6:30 p.m., near Queen Street East and Alton Avenue, a 85−year−old man was walking with his walker when the same man verbally identified himself as a police officer,
− the man requested identification from the victim,
− the man turned his wallet over to the man,
− the man removed a quantity of money from the victim’s wallet and fled the scene northbound on Hiltz Avenue.

The suspect is described as white, 45−55, 5’11, 190 lbs, and clean shaven.

The public is reminded that plainclothes police officers will identify themselves both verbally and with a police badge and warrant card.

He is described as white, 45 to 55, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds and clean-shaven.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 55 Division detectives at 416-808-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Impersonating a Peace Officer or Police Officer is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada:

Personating Peace Officer

130. (1) Everyone commits an offence who
(a) falsely represents himself to be a peace officer or a public officer; or
(b) not being a peace officer or public officer, uses a badge or article of uniform or equipment in a manner that is likely to cause persons to believe that he is a peace officer or a public officer, as the case may be.


(2) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1)

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 130; 2009, c. 28, s. 2.

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