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Durham police seek man accused of impersonating an officer

Posted April 25, 2012

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— Durham police are searching for a 21-year-old man who is accused of impersonating a police officer and trying to get into an apartment.

Police say Dwight Whitaker Jr., of 311 S. LaSalle St., went to Duke Manor Apartments on South LaSalle Street Tuesday night and told residents that he was a sergeant in a gang unit and was investigating a larceny. He told the residents he didn't have any business cards because he was off-duty, police said.

When the residents did not let him in, Whitaker told them he would return soon with a supervisor, police said.

Anyone with information on Whitaker’s whereabouts is asked to call the Durham Police Department’s front desk at 919-560-4427.

Durham police officers carry badges and picture identification. If you have doubts that someone is an officer, ask to see the identification. You can also call 911 to have them verify that a legitimate officer is at your location.


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  • muggs Apr 26, 2012

    Sounds like that new recruitment is going well,not even on the payroll yet and already doing house to house searches.

  • malonem1 Apr 26, 2012

    this kid should have not been playing a joke either. How old is he? Grow up!

  • lazyrebel Apr 26, 2012

    Right and the minute you say you want to call 911, the cops will go all Ninja on you an throw you to the ground or kick in your door. Ever read some of the horror stories about no knock warrants? If there was a mix up and they knocked in my door one cop would be dead and then I would be dead, then hopefully my wife an kids would be rich from suing the state.

  • robbyh Apr 26, 2012

    How did they know who it was, did he go to someones place that knew him? Duh

  • not my real name Apr 26, 2012

    at least they were smart enough NOT to let him in!

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 25, 2012

    Some people just don't have any smarts.

  • makeitright Apr 25, 2012

    Catch him and have him impersonate an inmate for quite a few years.