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Burglary suspect pretends to be police officer

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Authorities in Port St. Lucie are currently searching for a burglary suspect who reportedly pretended to be a police officer to gain access to a residence.

The incident was reported on June 18th at a home in the 400 block of Southeast Asbury.

Police say the resident was sitting in his garage just before 4:30 p.m. when the suspect pulled up to the mailbox of the home in a  black GMC Acadia.

The suspect then got out of the vehicle wearing a long sleeved shirt with the word “police” in gold letters in the front and in the back.

According to the report, the suspect told the resident that he had a warrant for his arrest and then put him in handcuffs.

The suspect then shut the garage door with the resident inside and turn off the power.  He then pulled out a black handgun and reportedly told the resident,  “I’m not a cop. I’m here to rob you.”

While the suspect went through the resident’s house, the resident managed to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house.

The suspect was said to have taken small safe, firearm and BB gun from the residence.

Officials are currently searching for a white male who is about 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall and weighing 275 to 300 pounds.

It was also reported that the suspect called the victim by his first name.