Boca Raton police search for phony cop who robbed teens

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Boca Raton police on the lookout for someone they say is pretending to be one of them.

Police say last Saturday a man approached three teens out for a walk and claimed to be an undercover cop.

"The majority of teens I know are not going to question if a guy comes up and says he's a cop," said Zachary Johnson, a Boca Raton high school student.

Police say the suspects asked the victims to remove the things from their pockets just like a police officer might.

They took out their cell phones, money and keys.

He had them put their stuff on the ground.

Then he had them get up, walk away, and sit down.

That's when one of the teenagers asked the man to show his badge.

At that point, the 14 and 15-year-old victims say the man took off, telling them he was getting a deputy.

When they went back to get their belongings, their cell phones were gone.

"Call it gullible, maybe," said Boca Raton resident Pete Martinez. "But it's because we are good people and we don't expect bad things to be happening in our neighborhood."

Parents like Becky Remmel says it's a lesson.

"You have to have your guard up, make sure you're really thinking and asking for ID," said Remmel.

Police don't have a sketch of the suspect, but they say he's a white male in his 30s, between 5'8" and 5'10", and clean shaven with tattoos on his arms.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

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