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The Bobster
04-11-2017, 07:34 PM

Man impersonating a cop wanted for robbing stores
By Daniel Prendergast
April 11, 2017 | 12:23pm

Suspect Camilo Arcelay

A thief masquerading as a police officer has robbed at least five stores in South Brooklyn this month, hitting the most recent one early Tuesday, authorities said.

Suspect Camilo Arcelay, 36, walked into Gourmet Deli & Grill on 18th Ave. near 64th Street in Bensonhurst wearing a shirt with an NYPD patch on it and identified himself as a police officer around 1:10 a.m.

He then simulated a firearm while his hand was in a jacket pocket and ordered a 26-year-old employee behind the counter to empty the register and hand over the cash, officials said.

When the clerk refused and began asking questions, Arcelay fled the store empty handed.

The previous day the suspect successfully robbed a grocery store on 86th St. near 20th Ave. in Bath Beach when he identified himself as a detective and said he was there to inspect tax stamps on cigarette packs around 12:20 p.m.

He then told the clerk to count the money in the register and hand it to him. Arcelay left the store with $562, police said.

On Sunday morning, the fake cop stole nine packs of cigarettes and around $1,000 from the register of a deli on New Utrecht Ave.

He pulled the same routine on Saturday morning when he took several more packs of cigarettes and around $2,500 in cash from a store on West 21st Street in Coney Island.

Arcelay’s first known heist happened around 2 p.m. Thursday when he walked into a laundromat on 20th Ave. near 74th St., identified himself as a cop and displayed an NYPD patch on his shirt.

He then fled with $300, a wallet and several packs of cigarettes, police said.