Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


He's Not A Cop But He Played One in a Few Grand Theft Cases

Photo by mac_filko
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today during our fall member drive.

The Los Angeles Police Department have arrested Jose Quintana, a man thought to be impersonating a police officer in the commission of multiple grand theft cases carried out in the Rampart area. Authorities say Quintana posed as an undercover Los Angeles police officer and befriended individuals who have been arrested or whose family members have been arrested. According to the LAPD, Quintana told his victims that he had the ability to make their case “disappear and go away.” Armed with a weapon and a phony police badge, he met his victims at places like coffee shops or in front of police stations and demanded a fee for his services.

A warrant was issued for Quintana's arrest in November, 2010, and he was located and taken into custody on April 26th.