Police warn of cop imposter

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 6:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 10:14pm

On Sunday afternoon, a man was pulled over by what he believed to be a cop. But, the man wasn’t a cop and never had good intentions. Waco Police is now warning others of the scam and how to protect themselves.

Around late Sunday morning near the intersection of Herring and Gholson Road, a man driving an early '80's, white, full-size pickup truck began motioning to a fellow driver to pull over. Thinking the man, described as being white, 5’10”, 200 pounds in his late twenties, was a cop, the driver pulled over.

“At that point the white male got out of the vehicle, approached the victim, identified himself as a police officer and said the reason he stopped him was because he was speeding and asked for his driver’s license," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco P.D.

Instead of just handing over just his license, the man handed over his entire wallet.

“We don’t want your entire wallet," said Swanton. "As a matter of fact, a real police officer is not going to ask for it. Even if you tried, we’re not going to take it from you.”

The suspect then took cash from it, handed it back and told the man to follow his pickup back to the police station. During the supposed ride back, the pickup sped away leaving the victim questioning what had just happened to him.

Police can understand why one would be hesitant to question the validity of an officer’s authority, but they want you to know something: Much like they can ask you for your information, you can ask them for theirs.

“There are times that an unmarked vehicle may stop you. Typically, that will be a vehicle with red and blue flashing lights. It’s not going to be somebody waving a hand out the window telling you to pull over," said Swanton.

"Call 911. Tell the dispatcher where you are and what’s occurring and let us verify that it is in fact a police officer stopping you.”


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