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Brawley man arrested for allegedly stealing wallet after saying he was undercover agent

July 25, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here arrested a 31-year-old Brawley man for stealing another man's wallet while the alleged thief was impersonating an undercover police officer.

Calexico police Sgt. Armando Marquez said a man went into a public restroom in the 300 block of First Street about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Inside the restroom he told a 40-year-old El Centro man he was an undercover police officer and asked for identification. The victim complied and showed the man his identification.

The man then took the wallet and ran.

The victim searched for the thief and a witness told him he was hiding in a nearby trash bin.

Marquez said police officers, who had been called, were arriving at the scene at the same time the victim was starting to search the bin.


Officers arrested Arturo Garcia Perez after they found him, and the stolen wallet, in the trash bin.

Perez was arrested for robbery, impersonating a police officer and terroristic threats.

Marquez said the fact that the thief impersonated a police officer and forced someone to comply with his demands out of fear is enough to be arrested for terroristic threats.

Perez's bail was set at $50,000.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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