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News Release

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Media Relations

Detectives Seek Suspect Impersonating LAPD Officer and a Robbery Suspect NR19050ml

Chinatown: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's, Central Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a outstanding robbery suspect along with a suspect impersonating a LAPD officer.

On February 26, 2019, about 11:30 a.m., a grand theft occurred at Jewelry Store at the 800 block of North Broadway in the Chintatown area of Los Angeles. Officers were able to locate Gerald Roberts, a 19 year-old, from Los Angeles. Roberts was arrested and booked for Grand Theft with a Bail amount Set for $20,000.00.

The second suspect is still being sought and is described as a male Black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a brown cap, red polo shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

On February 26, 2019, about 3:45 p.m., a male Hispanic entered the jewelry store and identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department detective and he wanted to get a chain similar to the one that was stolen earlier that day.

The jewelry store owner did not feel comfortable and asked for a business card, which the suspect provided and then left the store.

The jewelry store owner then called LAPD Central Area Detectives to report the incident.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, in his 20s. The suspect was wearing a blue Dodgers baseball cap, sunglasses, a Dodgers shirt, blue jeans, with a badge, and a set of handcuffs clipped to his left hip.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Lee at 213-996-1860 or Detective Mazzacano at 213-996-1877. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.