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Harnett sheriff: Man impersonates officer, robs victim

Posted October 23, 2012
Updated October 24, 2012

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— The Harnett County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery by a man impersonating a law enforcement officer over the weekend. 

The victim was traveling south on U.S. Highway 401 toward Lillington around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a sedan pulled up behind and turned on blue and red flashing lights, deputies said. Thinking it was a legitimate traffic stop, the victim pulled over. 

The suspect approached the victim's vehicle, shining a flashlight into the victim's eyes and using a handgun to demand money. The victim gave the robber money, and he fled in the opposite direction.

Because of the light, the victim was unable to get a good look at the suspect, but investigators say he was described as white with dark hair and a deep country accent, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with an insignia on the left chest area. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Vietnam Vet Oct 29, 2012

    Red and blue lights??? That in itself would throw up a red flag to me. Cops don't flash/strobe RED lights. Any doubt?? Call 911 to be certain that it is in fact a LEO attempting to stop your vehicle. Another thing? Most of know if we actually did something to warrant a stop in the first place. Another red flag!!

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 24, 2012

    "That stretch of 401 between the Goodyear plant and Lillington can be very dangerous at that time of night" - JohnnyVoodoo


    I was driving that section during the 1980s one time when some dude with a Freddy Kruger glove stood in the road and tried to get me to stop. Luckily he came to his senses and jumped away before I flattened him.


    Today's cops have significant strobes all over the car (lightbar, headlights, grill). I'd always be suspicious if they weren't lit up like a Christmas tree, and chirping their siren.

  • CAROLINA43 Oct 24, 2012

    Don't even pull over if another car with flashing lights shows up, wait till you get to a WELL LIT, WELL POPULATED area and then pull over in FULL and CLOSE view of people who can witness what's happening. Just because another car shows up doesn't mean it's a cop, it could just be two pervs working together.
    ---- oceancandle

    Great point that everyone should adhere to; especially those with teenagers that drive. Also, do this even if you have a passenger(s) in your vehicle. If you get the feeling or thought that something is strange or odd, don't dismiss it...get to a well lit and populated area, or drive to the nearest police station.

  • piene2 Oct 24, 2012

    "Using a red light? As long as we are randomly accusing people, how do we know it wasn't you?
    thepeopleschamp"

    You do not know it was not me anymore than you do not know it was not a cop.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 24, 2012

    "I would not be so quick to assume it was someone impersonating a cop. It is just as likely to be a cop picking up a little extra cash. After all who knows the drill better?" piene2

    Using a red light? As long as we are randomly accusing people, how do we know it wasn't you?

  • piene2 Oct 24, 2012

    I would not be so quick to assume it was someone impersonating a cop. It is just as likely to be a cop picking up a little extra cash. After all who knows the drill better?

  • readme Oct 24, 2012

    Uggh "deep country accent". Now they will profile hillbilies like us.

  • DivaD Oct 24, 2012

    That is scary!

  • RaleighPirate Oct 24, 2012

    Good points oceancandle. Also turn your flashers/warning lights on when you are driving to this well-lit area. And drive at or slower than the posted speed limit.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 23, 2012

    Only a matter of time before he caught. Or pull over the wrong person.

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