CPD warns of police impersonator soliciting money

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police are warning people about a man impersonating an officer asking for cash donations.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 11:24am, Tuesday morning, a man entered the Marathon gas station in the 200 block of E. 11th Avenue near the Ohio State University campus and said his name was Lt. Stewart.

The man then attempted to solicit cash-only donations for the police department, and said the gas station had contributed in the past.

Sam Hasam owns the gas station and several other businesses in the area. After 17 years, he knows just about every officer that mans the substation across the street.

“He claimed to be a lieutenant from the CPD…I know most of the lieutenants. He said his name was Lt.Stewart. There is no Lt. Stewart.”

After not being able to show the clerk any credentials, the man left the gas station without collecting any money.

“I said, ‘if you need any donation, just leave your name and phone number. I’ll send it directly to the CPD.’ Of course, when he heard that, he just took off.,” Hasam said.

The suspect was last seen walking east from the gas station.

Hasam said he has seen the suspect before, but his employees know better. Hasam said the employee would not have been able to give the man the money without his position, anyway.

Anyone with information on the suspect can call the Columbus Division of Police Fraud and Forgery Unit at 614-645-4751.

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