Detroit police sergeant arrested in connection to string of robberies

By Tim French, Producer, tfrench@wdiv.com
Published On: Jul 27 2013 11:34:06 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 04:31:58 AM EDT

Officer arrested at the 12th precinct

DETROIT, Mich. -

One of the suspects who allegedly posed as a fake Detroit police officer, and beat and robbed several people, may not have been faking all along.

The Detroit Police SWAT team arrested a Detroit police sergeant, a 20-year veteran of the police force, when he arrived at the 12th precinct on the city's west side. The sergeant is allegedly one of the suspects wanted in an armed robbery of Detroit citizens.

Last weekend, police said two men dressed as officers allegedly pistol-whipped customers pumping gas at the Citgo gas station near I-94 and French Road on Detroit's east side. They took off with the victims' cash and cell phones.

The suspects had police badges, guns and bulletproof vests.

Investigators believe these men may be responsible for another recent robbery in the city, where crooks posing as officers targeted innocent people.

In that case, a man was pulled over on Harper Ave. near 3 Mile Dr.  Three men, two white and one black, exited the unmarked Crown Victoria.

As the victim answered questions from one of the men posing as a police officer, the other two rifled through the victim's car, stealing his wallet and CD's.

The Detroit Police will hold a media briefing Monday at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

Stay with Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit for the latest in this case.

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