Authorities are looking for a man who claimed to be a police officer before robbing two men early Thursday morning in Oakland.
According to police, the 22-year-old victims said they were walking near the corner of Fifth and Meyran avenues around 4 a.m. when a stranger approached them.
The victims told detectives that the man told them to give him their stuff, and he had a gun and would shoot them if they didn’t comply.
After stealing a backpack from one of the victims, the thief ran away yelling that he was a police officer, the victims said.
The victims walked away unharmed physically, but the stolen backpack had credit cards, clothing and about $500 in cash.
The thief was last seen running near Forbes Avenue and Semple Street. Investigators haven't released a description of the man.
Several University of Pittsburgh students said they're concerned the holdup happened so close to home.
“Something like that happened to me. A guy grabbed my cellphone and didn’t threaten violence or anything. I chased him and got it back, but it’s kind of surprising someone would do something like that,” Pitt student Nick Ratsub said.