Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 12, 2012

Fake sex crime investigator charged with robbery

SALEM, N.H. — A New Hampshire man who posed as a federal sex crimes investigator has been charged with unarmed robbery and false impersonation.

John Ruth, 48, Salem, N.H., first posed as a teenage girl online in February, convincing a 25-year-old man to meet him in a parking lot.

When the man showed up, police said, Ruth used his car to block the man’s vehicle, said he was a federal sex crimes task force member and frisked the man.

Ruth took a money clip and car keys to his vehicle, saying he needed to check the ID, police said. After a few minutes he returned the man’s belongings and told him he could leave.

It was only after the victim left the scene that he realized Ruth had taken $146 from his money clip, said Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten.

He had eluded police until Wednesday, when he showed up voluntarily at the station.

Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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