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Mechanicsburg man arrested for impersonating police officer

 

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Authorities say a Mechanicsburg man has been arrested after he posed as a police officer in order to steal man’s wallet in Harrisburg on June 24.

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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.

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Police in Harrisburg are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer and robbed a man of his wallet on June 24.  A 67-year-old Camp Hill  man told investigators that 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.

The fake cop then questioned the victim about possibly being intoxicated. As the victim got out of his car –  the police impersonator made him put his hands on a wall and told him he was being placed under arrest, according to police reports.  Then man took the victim’s wallet and ran off.

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Photo courtesy of Harrisburg City Police

Police say as the man ran away he yelled back to the victim that he was stupid.

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

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Photo courtesy of Harrisburg City Police

Police say the victim’s credit card was also used in a downtown shop by a man pictured in the surveillance photos above.

The suspect id described as a white male, 25-30 years of age, and about 5’8″ in height. Police say he appears to have a tattoo on his left forearm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 717-255-3118 or 717-255-3114.

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