SILVER SPRING (CBSDC) — Montgomery County Police are investigating an incident in which a man impersonated a police officer and stole a woman’s purse and cell phone Wednesday morning in Silver Spring.

Authorities say a 39-year-old woman was driving on Avenel Road when she noticed a car was following her around 11:45 a.m. The driver of the following vehicle began blowing on his horn and pulled up next to the victim in his car. The man behind the wheel of that car then showed the victim a badge pinned to his vest, told the woman he was a police officer and ordered her to pull over.

The man exited his vehicle and asked for the woman’s license and registration. Shortly thereafter, he ordered her to get out of her car and sit on the curb. He then proceeded to go through the contents of her car.

The man then took the woman’s purse and cell phone and drove off in his vehicle.

The victim was not hurt in the incident.

The woman told police that the man did not use any police lights or sirens on his car.

The suspect in the case is described as a black male between 26 and 27 years old. The victim said he was roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds with short, curly hair and tattoos on both arms. He was wearing a black baseball hat with a police badge emblem, a black vest with a badge attached to it, black cargo pants and black boots at the time of in the incident.

The man was driving a small, black, compact car with blue Maryland tags (possibly Bay tags). He was last seen driving toward New Hampshire Avenue.

Police are ask anyone who may have witnessed any part of this incident or who has information on the suspect or his vehicle to contact detectives at 301-565-5835.


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