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Man Impersonating Officer Demands Money From Northern Westchester Resident, Police Say

Marcelo A. Abila
Marcelo A. Abila Photo Credit: New York State Police

A man impersonating a police officer attempted to shake down a local resident, demanding money before New York State Police troopers intervened.

Troopers were called to the Woodybrook neighborhood in Cortlandt on Tuesday, Dec. 4, where there was a report of a man claiming to be a police officer, demanding money.

The investigation into the suspicious man determined that Croton-on-Hudson resident Marcelo Abila, wearing an “NYPD” baseball hat, knocked on the victim’s door claiming to be a member of the Croton Police Department. Abila then demanded money from the victim, who refused and notified State Police.

Abila, 41, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and attempted grand larceny, both larcenies. Abila was remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Court on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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