A 16-year-old Oshawa teen has been charged with impersonating an officer after two middle-aged men were assaulted and had their property stolen in early November.

The first incident happened on Nov. 4 in Oshawa. A 42-year-old man was walking on Park Road South when he was approached by a youth, who claimed to be a plain-clothes officer, and then allegedly stole his personal belongings.

Two days later, a 53-year-old man was assaulted with a bat in his Oshawa home, on Simcoe Street South, apparently by the same youth again claiming to be a plain-clothes officer.

The victim suffered broken ribs after the youth allegedly took the bat out of his hands and hit them with it. Police tracked down the teen a short time later and found him hiding with a laptop stuffed down his jacket.

The teen is charged with two counts of robbery, personation of a peace officer, breach of youth sentence order and one count of assault bodily harm.

He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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