Man arrested for impersonating police officer in Harrisburg

2013-06-03580 Alex McGarvey

Alex McGarvey

A 28-year-old man has been charged after police say he posed as a police officer in order to  steal a man’s wallet in Harrisburg on June 24.

Alex McGarvey, 28, of Mechanicsburg, is charged with robbery, impersonating a public servant and three counts of access device fraud.

McGarvey surrendered on Friday at the Upper Allen Township Police Department after seeing a news story about the robbery.

Back in June–a 67-year-old Camp Hill  man told investigators  he was asleep in his car along the 200 block of Pine Street when a man who identified himself as “Officer Craig” forced him awake.

Police say McGarvey then questioned the victim about possibly being intoxicated. As the victim got out of his car – McGarvey made him put his hands on a wall and told him he was being placed under arrest, according to police reports.  McGarvey then  took the victim’s wallet and ran off, detectives said.

The victim’s wallet and some ID cards were found the next day on the Riverwalk at Walnut Street.

Police say the victim’s credit card was also used in a downtown shop.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16.