On the 27th of October shortly after 11 pm officers from Patrol Services responded to a call of a male being pepper sprayed by another male dressed as a police officer.
Officers from Investigation Services were called out to assist with the investigation.
On the 28th of October shortly before 2 am a male was taken into custody without incident by officers from Patrol Services.
During the course of the investigation officers learned that on the 23rd of October two male victims attended at a residence under false pretences. Once at the residence the accused approached the two male victims. The accused was wearing what appeared to be police attire as well as police equipment including a bulletproof vest.
It is alleged that the two victims were handcuffed by the accused, searched and had money taken from them. The two victims did not immediately report the incident.
On the 27th of October just before 11 pm the two victims and a third male attempted to try and ascertain if the male who took their money was indeed a police officer and re-attended at the residence. Again the accused presented himself as an officer. When one of the three males threatened to call the police the accused pepper sprayed one of the males and fled the area.
During the course of the investigation officers did recover handcuffs, a police vest and other equipment that was similar to police attire.
Investigators believe that there may be other victims who were robbed in a similar manner. These victims are urged to contact the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and speak to Detective Sergeant Armstrong at 705 949 6300 ext 262.
In addition anyone in the area of Blake Avenue, Wawanosh Avenue and Elmwood Avenue asked to check in their back yards, specifically around shed, for a utility belt and a toy gun.
20 year old Robert Millar of Elmwood Avenue has been charged with two count of assault, two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of robbery with violence, two counts of personating a Peace Officer and one count of assault. The accused appeared in bail court on October 29th.