Retired Philly cop charged with robbery attempt in Upper Darby


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A retired Philadelphia police officer is accused of attempting to rob at gunpoint a man who parked his car in a handicapped spot at a Wawa store in Upper Darby early Saturday.

Police arrested Roscoe Campbell, 79, at his home in Philadelphia Saturday morning after the victim reported the robbery attempt and  provided Campbell’s license plate number, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.

Campbell allegedly used his car to block in the victim’s and approached the victim as he exited the Wawa at 202 S. State Road around 2:30 a.m. Campbell produced a handgun and badge, and demanded $300 for the parking violation under the threat he would have the victim’s car towed, police said. When the victim told  Campbell he did not have $300, Campbell told him to hand over his driver’s license and a credit card.

The robber  jumped back in his car and drove away when the victim threatened to call police.

Campbell retired as  Philadelphia police officer in 1985, according to the Daily Times report. Police reportedly recovered a loaded .32-caliber handgun, badge and retired law enforcement ID card when arresting Campbell.

Campbell is facing a host of charges, including robbery, carrying a loaded weapon, possessing instruments of crime and impersonating a police officer.


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