Police impersonator sought

Sur­veil­lance photo

A man walked in­to a Castor Gar­dens phar­macy on Feb. 25, flashed a badge to em­ploy­ees and de­clared that he was con­duct­ing a nar­cot­ics in­vest­ig­a­tion. Yet, the man isn’t a cop, ac­cord­ing to the le­git­im­ate Phil­adelphia po­lice.

North­east De­tect­ives are try­ing to identi­fy the im­per­son­at­or and have re­leased sur­veil­lance video of him. The foot­age can be viewed on the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com.

The in­cid­ent oc­curred at noon on the 6400 block of Castor Ave., po­lice said. The im­poster was de­scribed as a black and 30 to 40 years old with black and gray hair, a black jack­et and black pants with a stripe on each leg. After ap­proach­ing the phar­macy counter, he showed em­ploy­ees a wal­let con­tain­ing what ap­peared to be a po­lice badge and ID card. He stated that he was there to ques­tion em­ploy­ees about false pre­scrip­tions that the busi­ness had filled, po­lice said.

The work­ers al­lowed the man be­hind the counter, but be­came sus­pi­cious of his iden­tity. One of the clerks called 911, prompt­ing the vis­it­or to ab­ruptly flee. He was last seen walk­ing out the front door, then north­bound on Castor Av­en­ue.

Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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