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Fourth police impersonation case reported in Johnston County

Posted April 11, 2012
Updated April 12, 2012

— The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that investigators have received a fourth complaint about someone impersonating a police officer during traffic stops near Benson. 

According to authorities, a young man was stopped on U.S. Highway 70 West near Ranch Road just after midnight and robbed of a laptop and money at gunpoint.

A 49-year-old Benson woman reported the third incident Tuesday morning, saying that a man driving a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria with a flashing blue light pulled her over around 5:45 a.m. while she was on her way to work. 

The man told her she was speeding, took her license and registration, walked back to his car and then returned, giving the documents back to her. 

She described the man as black, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds and wearing a tan shirt. 

That description was similar to a March 25 encounter on Interstate 40 near Benson, when someone driving a similar car pulled over a man and robbed him of $600.

In that case, however, the victim reported that the so-called officer had a gun.

Another stop happened around 11 a.m. on April 6 on Interstate 95 near the I-40 interchange, when a 71-year-old man says he was pulled over by a white man driving a blue or green Chevrolet with a blue light on the dashboard. He was robbed of $200.

Authorities, who are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information in the cases, say drivers have options if they are worried about the validity of a police stop.

"Turn on your emergency flashers, and, if you're in question that this might be someone impersonating a law officer, you can call 911," Capt. Danny Johnson with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. "Give them your location and the description of the vehicle behind you the best you can, and also pull to a well-lit area or populated area if feasible."

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  • piene2 Apr 12, 5:48 p.m.

    ""That's not what super-trooper leo-nc told us. He said if you try that, you'll have the entire SHP behind you and your tires blown out by stop sticks! Pull over IMMEDIATELY, he said. Maybe we need to call SHP headquarters for clarification. Hans"

    Well we all know he is not a cop but if he was he most likely would have gone to the George Zimmerman School of Law Enforcement.

  • piene2 Apr 12, 5:46 p.m.

    "Is it really a police impersonation or some real cop doing a little, "moonlighting."" - piene2
    Yeah, you never know, do you?
    Hans"

    Actually it makes good sense. He knows the routine and he knows even if he is caught his cop friends will simply let him walk anyway. what has he to lose?

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 12, 5:25 p.m.

    "Seen a trooper wait until i was more than a mile away one night ... just so he could drive 150 and catch me doing 78." lineOfDuty

    150 mph huh? Yeah, right. And you were able to look in a review mirror while driving to estimate that speed too? Amazing.

  • bombayrunner Apr 12, 4:19 p.m.

    Using basic time/distance/rate physics, how could a Trooper possibly catch up to your car if he wasn't traveling at a rate faster than your speed? Duh. .. thepeopleschamp

    This is probably over your head TPC. ... but had he pulled out from his place under the bridge (there was NO ONE on the freeway but me) and turned his lights on, I'd have pulled over in 500 ft. But he didn't he knew there was no place for me to turn off ...so he waited until i was way out ... and he didn't turn his Blues on until he darted from lane 3 to 1 right behind me ... probably admiring my pretty 328i for a few moments.

  • Ashen-Shugar Apr 12, 3:47 p.m.

    "Using basic time/distance/rate physics, how could a Trooper possibly catch up to your car if he wasn't traveling at a rate faster than your speed? Duh."-----thepeopleschamp

    I believe that he was inferring that the officer takes full advantage of the situation to be overly aggressive when it comes to catching up to someone. In other words, there is no need to do 100+ mph to catch someone going 55 in a 45 which I have seen.

    Use a little common sense.

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 12, 3:32 p.m.

    "what the diff ... everytime I get pulled over I'm robbed. Never hurt anyone, cop usually speeding faster than I ever drove to catch me." lineOfDuty

    Using basic time/distance/rate physics, how could a Trooper possibly catch up to your car if he wasn't traveling at a rate faster than your speed? Duh.

  • look deeper Apr 12, 3:31 p.m.

    ..."what the diff ... everytime I get pulled over I'm robbed. Never hurt anyone, cop usually speeding faster than I ever drove to catch me. Seen a trooper wait until i was more than a mile away one night ... just so he could drive 150 and catch me doing 78. I was telling my passenger, it cant be a cop -- he's flying."...

    THAT'S THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!

  • ncdixie1 Apr 12, 3:19 p.m.

    It's hard to believe in this day and time that this person has robbed this many people. I mean seriously. This story has been out on all the news channels since the first person this faker robbed. SHP told people what to do in the news story if you suspect it's not LEO that's blue lighting you. I wish people would pay closer attention to what is going on around them. Paying attention might save your life one day you never know.

  • imsosorry Apr 12, 3:17 p.m.

    the 7th seal~ yes they have regular plates just like ours. An unmarked passed me this morning on 95 and I promise he was breaking the law headed no where because he got off the same exit as I did and went to the station. Time to get off I guess.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Apr 12, 3:14 p.m.

    I don't have a cell phone. Well, I do, but I don't even know the number. Never use it and could care less about having one. UNTIL I NEED ONE!

    Beth

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