LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Arlington County police are looking for a man who has been impersonating a police officer in an attempt to steal watches from a local mall.

Police say a man entered two different stores at Pentagon City Mall on Jan. 3 and pretended to be a police officer. In both instances the man flashed a badge to a store employee, claimed he was a detective and stated that he needed to seize wrist watches as evidence in a case.

Employees at both stores refused to hand over the watches and asked the man to leave the store, police said.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing dark colored jeans, a gray jacket, and a red and black plaid hat.

Police are asking anyone who has information on the suspect to contact Detective James Stone of the Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 703-228-4245 or at People also can report information anonymously by contacting the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

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