Rivers Casino Winner Robbed By Police Impersonator

One casino punter may have had a successful night at his local casino, but he was unable to hang onto his winnings after being robbed by a man pretending to be a police detective, while on his way back home. 
Robert Barilla, 53, of Monroeville had been gambling at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh when he decided to quit while ahead, eventually leaving the casino in the early hours of Friday morning. However, at around 1:30 a.m on Interstate 376 East, Mr Barilla was “stopped and cut off” by a black sedan with a red light on the front dashboard.
Apparently, the driver then identified himself as a police detective and demanded to see Mr Barilla’s driver’s license, before patting down the driver and taking off with $800 of his money and 10 methadone pills.
The surprised driver subsequently contacted police and reported the incident, describing the police impostor as a clean shaven, white male around 40 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He was also wearing a brown shirt with dark patches at the time of the robbery.
Unfortunately, traffic cameras were unable to capture the incident and no witnesses have so far been found, with police Trooper Robin Mungo appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
“We look at all possibilities here. We realize the parkway is a heavily traveled roadway. If anyone saw anything, they should please give us a call,” said the State Trooper.
She also emphasised the fact that troopers rarely carry out traffic stops at night in unmarked vehicles.
Regrettably, criminal elements have often resorted to impersonating police in the past, with the most famous example being the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre, where two uniformed hitmen arrested then killed  seven members of a rival gang. More recently, deranged psychotic Anders Behring Breivik, 32, masqueraded as a policeman before opening fire and killing 69 people in Utøya, Norway.


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