SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A man accused of impersonating a police officer and asking to enter a house has been arrested.
Salvatore Alfieri IV, 38, was arrested for impersonating a government official, burglary of a home with intent to commit a crime, unlawful coercion and interference with a request for emergency assistance, according to a message from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
On May 21, Alfieri posed as a police officer, while wearing a police badge and carrying a handgun, authorities said.
He identified himself as a San Antonio Police Department officer and asked to enter a house, saying he needed to search the premises for “contraband”.
Alfieri then took the victims’ cellphones, leaving the scene in a Ford Escape, according to the post.
“We were fortunate that this suspect did not harm anyone in this case. However, the calm way he went about it appears that this is neither his first nor his last attempt. We felt it necessary to warn the public to be on the lookout,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.