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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City police are searching for a man pretending to be one of their own.

The suspect may have been on the verge of burglarizing a home near Britton and Rockwell when an alert neighbor confronted the suspect.

Spotting an open garage door and a potentially easy target, the male suspect walked up to the house ready to steal whatever he found inside.

"He went up inside the garage," said neighbor Robert Smart.

Robert lives across the street.

His home has security cameras out front that showed the suspect get out of a red car and slowly stroll up to the house.

That's when a second neighbor asked the suspect why he was in the neighborhood.

"The neighbor asked what he was doing and he identified himself as an undercover officer and then drove off," said Smart.

"He pulled out a wallet and showed a badge in that wallet," said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.

Police admit they don't know if the suspect has ever pretended to be a cop before or since, but it's a crime they don't take lightly.

"Anytime you have someone say they're a cop and they're not that, it can be problematic," said Knight.

"Certainly, anytime you've got somebody that portrays himself as an officer, he is asking for a lot of trouble," said Smart.

Robert worked as a police officer himself for 25 years.

He hopes his video leads to the alleged fake cop being caught.

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