A man impersonating a police officer searched another man's car before stealing the man's phone in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, police said.
The 23-year-old victim was sitting in his car near Ellis and Hyde streets about 1 p.m. when a man who appeared to be in his 20s approached and showed the victim a leather wallet with an oval badge on it and told the victim to get out of his car so he could search it. The victim complied.
The phony cop then took the victim's cellphone from the center console and told the victim he needed the phone's passcode so he could search it. Again, the victim complied. He then told the victim he was taking the phone for evidence and began walking away.
The victim followed the man until the man turned around and pointed a knife at him before running away.
No arrest has been made.