Man posing as Miami Beach police officer arrested

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Authorities say a man posing as a police officer robbed a woman at her Miami Beach apartment.

Police said Wednesday that 43-year-old Mark Picozzi is charged with robbery, kidnapping and falsely impersonating an officer.

An arrest report shows that Picozzi showed up at an apartment that was being advertised for rent. Investigators say Picozzi then told the woman that he was a police officer.

Authorities say he ordered the woman to sit down and stay quiet because he wanted to search the apartment for drugs. He is accused of stealing the woman's identification, a ring and $605.

Detectives found the suspect in nearby Coral Gables and say the victim identified him in a police lineup. Picozzi did not immediately have an attorney.

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