Man impersonating officer steals from elderly woman

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police need your help tracking down a man who was impersonating an officer, and got away with an elderly woman's money.

When the 88-year-old victim answered her front door Saturday afternoon, she thought she was helping a member of law enforcement, but Columbus police say it was just a thief who was deceiving her.

The incident happened at a home on the 900 block of 34th Avenue.

Police say a black man with short hair, who was wearing a white dress shirt and a tie, knocked on the woman's door and identified himself as a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. After he showed her some type of badge, he walked into her home.

Police reports show no assault took place, but the man did get away with money.

The suspect then left in the passenger seat of a gray or tan late 80s or early 90s model Honda Accord.

Columbus police are looking for the suspect and ask if anyone has information on who he might be to call them at (706) 653-3400.

Police also want to remind people that anytime someone comes to your door and claims to be a member of law enforcement, you have every right to call the agency they claim to be with, like the GBI in this case, or dial 911 and ask if an officer was sent to your home.

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