Police: Man posing as officer robbed spa

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

DeKalb police are looking for a robbery suspect who they say is pretending to be a police officer.

Police showed Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri surveillance video from M&M Aroma Spa on Buford Highway that shows the suspect.

Employee Jenny Kim said the man identified himself as an officer, asked for money, and then took about $1,000.

According to the police report, the man told Kim, "I'll do you a favor and take the money."

Kim told Viteri the robber told her he would take her to jail otherwise.

"The worst part is that they do it in broad daylight because they can," said Juan Mendoza, a neighboring business owner.

Mendoza is getting ready to open a formal wear shop two doors down from the spa, and said the large number of minority-owned business in the shopping center makes it a target.

"Somebody would target them and consider them easy prey," he added.

Kim said the man didn't show a weapon and didn't hurt her. He left the shop on foot.

He is described as 5 foot 10 inches in his 30s with short balding hair, wearing khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and sunglasses.