• Deputies: Man posed as police officer to steal Poinciana man's car


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Osceola County deputies arrested a man Friday they said posed as a police officer and stole a man’s car.

    Deputies said they need to know if Humberto Santiago may have targeted anyone else.

    The victim, who lives on Picadilly Circle, in Poinciana, told deputies on Jan. 13 that Santiago knocked on his door and presented himself as an Orlando police officer.
    While showing an altered badge and handcuffs, Santiago had the victim believe that his car had been reported stolen, reports said.

    Santiago allegedly told the victim to give up the car or else he would take the victim to jail.

    The victim handed over his keys and called authorities, who created a composite sketch.

    The next day, detectives found the vehicle at a car lot in east Orlando.

    The owner of the car lot recognized the suspect as a man who works for him repossessing cars.

    The owner said he paid Santiago to get the car, but didn’t know how it was done.

    Detectives said Santiago admitted to using the modified badge and cuffs to intimidate people.

    Santiago does not have a state license to repossess cars.

    He’s facing four charges, including carjacking and impersonating an officer.

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