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.