Oklahoma license plates a clue to catching fake cops

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by Karen Grace and Marvin Hurst / KENS 5

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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

SAN ANTONIO — Robbers posing as phony cops beat and robbed a hotel guest.

Only KENS 5 has surveillance video and the victim's account first hand.

Police said this isn't the first time the fake cops have struck.

They hope to find the bandits before they flash their phony police badges again and beat and rob someone else.

Kenneth Cleveland lost his money, his cell phone and his tooth overnight. He says he thought he was answering the door to two clean-cut cops.

"They kicked me in the face and knocked my tooth out," he said. "Well, they had the guns and badges what else could I think?"

But Cleveland had been duped. It turns out the men were bandits with phony badges.

"The owner here said, 'Why did you open up the door?" he said. "I said, 'Well it was the police. What am I supposed to do?'"

Cleveland says the impostors stomped his face, pistol-whipped him and once inside his room at the Best Value Inn on I-35, they ripped out the flat screen TV.

Then the suspects ransacked his pickup truck.

"I stayed down until I thought they were gone," said Cleveland. "Then they came back in to see if I was moving."

Investigators are concerned because this is the second such robbery in recent days.

But with a busted lip and a tooth missing, Cleveland doesn't know who to trust anymore.

"At least I'm not a model," he said trying to see the bright side. Cleveland just moved to San Antonio Sunday night to start a new job.

Police are looking for two suspects in a silver car with Oklahoma license plates.

If you have any information about this crime call the SAPD Robbery Division at 210-207-0300.

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