Cop Impersonators Sought in East Village Spa Robbery

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 at 9:34 am by

Cops are after a pair of crooks who masqueraded as police officers in early December, hitting two Manhattan spa locations.  The game was the same in both incidents – approaching workers with badge in hand asking to see license and any cash on premise.

One of the targets was the Waterfront Spa at 33 First Avenue, at East Second Street. Authorities say that the robbers entered on December 1 and tried to play a 55-year-old woman.  She balked at the charade, and was consequently attacked.  The Daily News reports that “they grabbed her arm but fled without taking anything.”

The suspects are described by authorities as black males in their 30’s around 6 feet tall. They were seen wearing the same outfits in both incidents: One was wearing a Yankees baseball cap with a light blue jacket and blue jeans while the other had a light blue hat with a dark jacket and dark pants, cops said.

The other incident transpired on December 12 at the Relax Spa in Washington Heights. A woman there was clocked in the face, but the suspects purportedly left empty-handed.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or the identity of these suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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