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Police are searching for two fraudsters who pranced around Flatbush, Sheepshead Bay, and Gravesend pretending to be cops so they could steal victim’s phones and wallets in late December and early January.

The two con artists approached a teen on W. 11th Street, brandished an allegedly fake police badge and told the 16-year-old they were cops on Dec. 17, officials said. The teen told authorities the two jerks cuffed him and grabbed his cellphone, then threw it in the sewer near Avenue X at about 8:20 pm, according to authorities.

The same two malefactors swiped a guy’s phone and wallet on E. 40th Street on Jan. 2, police said. The 26-year-old victim told police the baddies drove up to him in a black Nissan Altima between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road at about 12:50 am, displayed the phony police identification, and asked him if he had any narcotics. The tricksters grabbed his cellphone and wallet out of his pocket and then fled in the car, which had New York plates, according to authorities. The guy told police he could only make out the first three letters on the plate, which were GMZ.

And the third incident was when the nogoodniks stopped a guy crossing the street near E. 23rd Street and put him in a chokehold on Jan. 4. The guy told police he was crossing near Avenue W at about 10:30 pm when one of the crooks held him from behind while the other went into his jacket pockets. But the guy fought back and the two jerks fled without stealing anything, officials said.

Both suspects are about 25 years old — one is roughly 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, and the other about 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds with black hair, police said.

Police ask anyone with information to call (800) 577–8477, submit tips at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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