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Fake Houston Officer Steals Man's Wallet

HUMBLE, Texas --

Police are looking for a man who is posing as a police officer.

Humble police said the fake officer walked up to a 43-year-old man about a mile away from the police department about 7 p.m. Nov. 7, patted him down and took off with the man's wallet.

Roberto Alvarado said he could not believe one of his neighbors was robbed by a phony officer.

"He might be an ex-officer," Alvarado said. "Maybe that badge was real, or maybe it's a stolen badge."

Investigators said the fake officer asked the man if he lived on the property and when the man said yes, the fake officer said he was going to pat him down for weapons.

The man reported the incident after discovering that his wallet had been taken, police said.

Detectives said a real police officer would never approach a person on foot and take their wallet. A real police officer would allow a person to get their own identification out and hand it to him.

Anyone with information about the fake officer is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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