Surveillance Released from $87K Police Impersonator Robbery

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    This surveillance video shows two men wearing police hats stealing cash at gunpoint from a city food distributor. (Published Thursday, Aug 28, 2014)

    Detectives have released surveillance video showing police impersonators robbing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Philadelphia food distributor.

    The robbery took place at Kawa Trading along the 1700 block of Delaware Avenue in the Fishtown section of the city at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.

    In the video, the men, who were wearing hats that say "POLICE," can be seen getting out of an SUV and using a flashlight outside the facility's door. Investigators say they identified themselves as officers to get the two employees inside to let them in.

    Once inside, the men, one of whom had a badge hanging from his neck, led the employees to the office at gunpoint. They forced the victims to lay on the ground as they stole $87,700 in cash. Police initially believed the men stole $100,000, but the amount was later revised.

    The men then fled in a 1990s sports utility vehicle and remain at large.

    The first suspect is described as 20-30 years old with a stocky build. He was wearing a light blue medical mask, white shirt and the police hat. The other man is in his mid-to-late 20s. He wore a black shirt and the baseball cap.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS.