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People posing as police rob Benson, Fayetteville drivers

Posted March 27, 2012

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— People posing as police officers have robbed two drivers in the past two days near Benson and in Fayetteville, but authorities say there is no indication the two case are connected.

The first robbery happened Sunday night on Interstate 40 near Benson, where a driver said someone in a black Ford Crown Victoria with flashing blue lights pulled him over and stole his cash.

On Monday, two people posing as officers robbed a Fayetteville woman driving home from work around 10:50 p.m.

Keionta Hinton, an assistant manager at Church’s Chicken, told police she was heading down Yadkin Road to deposit some money from the restaurant. A blue Crown Victoria with flashing blue lights on the dashboard pulled in behind her and stopped her on Santee Drive, she said.

Two men got out of the car, and one put a gun in her face and stole the restaurant's money, according to police.

When asked where the men got police blue lights, Fayetteville police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said "that's a question we'd like to answer."

Blue light, police light Two robberies involving police impersonators occur in two days

Drivers being pulled over by an unmarked vehicle with flashing blue lights can call 911 to confirm that police are involved, authorities said. Drivers should activate their hazard lights and pull into a well-lit area.

"Whenever you have an incident like this, it destroys the trust police officers have with their community," MacRoberts said.

Anyone with information about the Fayetteville case is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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  • loprestw Mar 28, 2012

    I wonder if these guys are racially profileing people to rob.

  • leebmad Mar 27, 2012

    Wait to see if the police turn on their interior light, every time I have been stopped at night, they always turn on the iside light in their car. If they don't call 911.

  • storchheim Mar 27, 2012

    pause to consider, you must be right! These people work for the DOT guy who owes $377k in taxes on profits from his gambling operation! He needs that cash bad!

    All kidding aside, I don't mean to make light of these events if they took place as reported. Being held up and robbed is terrifying.

  • sannconner Mar 27, 2012

    Wow get out of here!! I thought the police was suppose to protect the people? NOT MAKE THE PEOPLE FEAR THEM! AND THEY HAD A BLUE LIGHT POSING AS THE POLICE!! AND THEN THEY TELL YOU IF IT LOOKS SUSPICIOUS KEEP DRIVING UNTIL YOU ARE EITHER AROUND LIGHTS AND OR PEOPLE! MY ADVISE IS NOT TO PULL OVER UNTIL YOU GET TO THE POLICE STATION,AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE SAFE THERE. BUT THEN AGAIN WHO KNOWS!

  • Just Plain Common Sense Mar 27, 2012

    Maybe this is the I40 Johnston Xounty robber/s?

  • Just Plain Common Sense Mar 27, 2012

    Sounds a lot like another story.....where people didnt believe the guy. It happens...

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 27, 2012

    Not if they move to Chapel Hill...you'll just be stuck without a means to call 911. Just take your chances.

    AWESOME

  • jwood011 Mar 27, 2012

    not my real name asked Who stops in the center turn lane? You obviously don't live in or near Fayetteville you'd know the answer - there is no shoulder to pull onto. You either pull in the center lane or you drive until you get to a parking lot you can pull into.

  • BEACH Mar 27, 2012

    This happen about 20 years ago in Greensboro and Winston-
    Except the man was raping the women, He was never caught adn then about 10 years later he started again and still was never caught

  • Good Bye WRAL Mar 27, 2012

    When are we going to learn that WRAL cannot report actual details of a crime? That would expose criminals to unfair scrutiny and potential omissions later, when running for elected office. (note - see DOT official story regarding owed taxes on illegal gambling). ;-)

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