Police: Man pretending to be NYPD officer tries to rob deli

Police say a man who tried to rob a deli while pretending to be an NYPD officer early Tuesday is behind other recent robberies in Brooklyn.

Police say a man who tried to rob a deli while pretending to be an NYPD officer early Tuesday is behind other recent robberies in Brooklyn. (4/11/17)

BENSONHURST - Police say a man who tried to rob a deli while pretending to be an NYPD officer early Tuesday is behind other recent robberies in Brooklyn.

In each case, the man pretended to be a police officer and robbed local businesses.

Police say 36-year-old Camilo Arcelay is charged with four counts of third-degree robbery and four counts of criminal impersonation. Investigators tell News 12 he has a lengthy criminal history, with previous charges including robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Workers say a video shows him inside Gourmet Avenue Deli around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say he was wearing a blue T-shirt with an NYPD patch embroidered on it. He allegedly told the worker he was an NYPD officer. The worker told News 12 that he knew something wasn't right after asking him for identification.

When the man was told the police were being called, he took off.

Police have linked him to other recent robberies, where he allegedly identified himself as a police officer. Police say he got away with more than $4,000, as well as cigarettes.

Officials say he didn't appear to have any kind of weapon and no one was injured.

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