Police Impersonator Sought in Bronx Rental Scam

The suspect, posing as an NYPD detective, took a $2,300 security deposit from an unsuspecting couple, and handed them fake keys.

By Brynn Gingras
|  Saturday, Apr 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:54 AM EDT
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Police Seek Suspect in Bronx Rental Scam

The NYPD is continuing their search for a man they say is pretending to be one of their own to pull off a real estate scam in the Bronx.

Police say Anthony Gonzalez, 48, impersonated a detective in February  and convinced a couple to rent an apartment from a building in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

The couple gave him a $2,300 security deposit, and he handed them fake keys.

Neighbors told NBC New York they were alarmed by the scam.

"They think they gonna have an apartment or so, and this guy is renting it out to them, and they ended up not even having an apartment. That's pretty messed up," said one neighbor.

Gonzalez is described as having a scar on the left side of his face, and tattoos on both arms and his chest.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

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