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  • workinghuman33 Nov 30, 2:41 p.m.

    I am a lot more prone to trust the crooks than the cops. At least the crooks are honest about what they are but the cops are not.
    piene2""

    I would imagine this is largely based on your personal experience, and my opinion is also based on my personal experience. LEO's are just people with a very risky & highly underpaid job. I don't think that they are Gods...although some LEO's have a God complex...I find those LEO's to be few and far between. I believe some are good, bad and ugly. My experience is my ex, LEO 20 years. I was in criminal defense. We joked that he arrested them and I tried to get them acquitted. We had to keep our credit absolutely clean, and be debt free mostly because of the agency he worked for....they didn't want to employ anyone that would have a need to be "on the take". I am sure a lot of LEA's do the same. I am sorry you've had negative experience with LEO's that brings you to trust crooks more than cops...trust me I had clients with a similar view.

  • Lena Nov 29, 5:57 p.m.

    WRAL - thanks for the heads up. I frequently drive through that area alone. Someone who is bold enough to rob people they stop using fake police lights is a risk to everyone. Very scary. I'm not going to stop for anyone in that area and I will immediately call 911. Hopefully the police can catch this dangerous whacko.

  • piene2 Nov 29, 4:55 p.m.

    " I've seen this sort of crime and it's generally the impostor not actual law enforcement. I pray it's my scenario and not an LEO...very scary.
    workinghuman33"

    I am a lot more prone to trust the crooks than the cops. At least the crooks are honest about what they are but the cops are not.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 29, 4:03 p.m.

    "The cops are such geniuses that they follow a set patrol route much like a city bus" piene2

    Please go to google earth and look for yourself how large Harnett Co is. No way do they have a city bus like patrol route.

  • workinghuman33 Nov 29, 12:47 p.m.

    hat too is a possibility. either way I feel it is someone familiar enough with the cops routines to show up where they are not going to be.-piene2"

    I agree with you on the suspect's familiarity of police, and locations...you could discern that with the correct scanner if you knew someone in LE and knew which channels they'd be reporting on that particular day or night. In my own personal experience I've seen this sort of crime and it's generally the impostor not actual law enforcement. I pray it's my scenario and not an LEO...very scary.

  • bdu4dals2 Nov 29, 12:34 p.m.

    My wife knows unmarked car, slow down, flashers and next populated area, me, basically the same but if the car turned around, thats when the hunted becomes the hunter and dude now has a bad problem.....thats just me though.

  • jrfergerson Nov 29, 12:24 p.m.

    Wanta be cop- limelight imposter - he will one day run into a real cop that is off duty or one that is in an unmarked vehicle and that will take him to prison for many many years or worse.

  • piene2 Nov 29, 12:09 p.m.

    "Piene2" You may be correct that it's an off duty officer but I personally think I'd be more likely that it's someone who was rejected by some law enforcement agency. Some guy that has ridden along with officers, wants desperatly to be a cop, has scanner, all the gadgets & feels entitled to have his dream fulfilled...but I could be wrong.
    workinghuman33"

    That too is a possibility. either way I feel it is someone familiar enough with the cops routines to show up where they are not going to be.

  • passport423 Nov 29, 11:21 a.m.

    Even if he pulls someone over that has a gun, I'm not sure how you could defend yourself or get out of the situation. You wouldn't be crazy enough to pull a gun on the person before finding out he was a fake cop because you'd be afraid he was a real cop and would shoot you. By the time you figure it out, you probably cannot reach your firearm.

  • mj1angier Nov 29, 10:11 a.m.

    He keeps it up and he will pull over the wrong person and get a load of lead...

  • workinghuman33 Nov 29, 9:47 a.m.

    concreteman""

    It was reported during last night's evening news that it was 2 separate incidents, 2 separate women.

    Piene2" You may be correct that it's an off duty officer but I personally think I'd be more likely that it's someone who was rejected by some law enforcement agency. Some guy that has ridden along with officers, wants desperatly to be a cop, has scanner, all the gadgets & feels entitled to have his dream fulfilled...but I could be wrong.

    If an unmarked car is behind a person w/lights flashing, I say pick up your cell phone & call 911 & explain why you are calling. They should be able to check & see if there's actually LEO in that vicinity. Someone said they'd pull into someones driveway or get to total light, good plan. I would do the same, or look for a fire station,grocery stores,or walmart all are very well lit & generally open 24 hours a day. I'd pull up to the front door,get out & go inside where people are. I recall this happening last year. Same guy???

  • common sense please Nov 29, 9:43 a.m.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong. LEOs, especially in Lee County, only use blue lights. If there is a red light along with the blue then they are an imposter.

  • piene2 Nov 29, 8:52 a.m.

    "Clearly this "Blue Light Bandit" is a mental giant. *cough cough cough*
    Shag"

    He is smart enough to lead the cops a merry chase. Actually one wonders if he is not an off duty cop that knows the patrol routes of the cops. The cops are such geniuses that they follow a set patrol route much like a city bus. I know exactly when the local cop is going to be in our neighborhood. That makes it easy for criminals to plan their activities at the safest possible time.

  • VoiceDoesMatter Nov 29, 8:36 a.m.

    If an undercover vehicle pulls me over, especially with both red & blue lights, I will not be stopping. I will pull in to someone's driveway if I am close to one or keep driving until there is complete light. If it really is a police officer, hopefully they will know the reason for me not stopping. OR, should we shoot first, then ask questions later? Hmm...

  • Tug Boat II Nov 28, 7:52 p.m.

    this is the last thing we need during the holiday season. Some nut with a blue light in their car thinking of no good. I hope he is caught quickly and dealt with. "in accordance with the law that is"

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 28, 7:43 p.m.

    Let him pull me over,he'll be patrolling the cemetery.

  • concreteman Nov 28, 7:38 p.m.

    The second paragraph of the story doesn't make any sense. Is it the same incident or are they two separtate incidents? They mention a woman's name to start with and then mention an unidentified woman.

  • Shag Nov 28, 6:00 p.m.

    Clearly this "Blue Light Bandit" is a mental giant. *cough cough cough*

  • carolinaprincess62 Nov 28, 5:14 p.m.

    Hmmm, coming through Johnston County today, there was an older Crown Victoria, dark blue with really dark tinted windows, parked like a police car on I-40. A car had just buzzed past me doing at least 90 and then this car pulled out behind them, I kept expecting to see blue lights as the CV was driving like a bat outta you know where, too. But, nope, it kept going. It looked a bit too out of date to be a police car, though. Now, I'm wondering if it was police or if it was the blue light bandit.

  • speckledmytrout Nov 28, 4:54 p.m.

    Sheriff Rollins said he hopes the bandit slips up and pulls over the wrong person. I hope he does as well. Maybe that wrong somebody will put a permanent end to his nonsense.

  • admyank Nov 28, 4:44 p.m.

    If they flash blue and red - the driver better take cover. Cause my bumper is coming after him.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Nov 28, 4:07 p.m.

    I would have called 911 and asked for help. Had they done that, probably he could have been caught. People do weird things when they are scared, usually not the right thing.

  • wa4mjf Nov 28, 3:21 p.m.

    "Hmmm... Red and Blue lights... Does this guy think he is both the Police and the Fire Department all rolled into one?
    Click to view my profile" NoRespect

    Public safety or a dept like Durham that used to be PS and realized, according to Chief Chalmers, that red was visible at night and blue in the day and left the PS lights on there.

  • NoRespect Nov 28, 2:47 p.m.

    Hmmm... Red and Blue lights... Does this guy think he is both the Police and the Fire Department all rolled into one?

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