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Suspected 'blue-light bandit' operating in Newton Grove

Posted October 16, 2013

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— Sampson County authorities said Wednesday that they suspect a "blue-light bandit" is preying on drivers near Newton Grove.

Two women reported that a vehicle with a windshield-mounted strobe light tried to pull them over Monday night along Lassiter Road, authorities said. Neither woman stopped because they suspected the vehicle wasn't a law enforcement patrol car, and when they pulled into nearby driveways, the suspicious vehicle didn't stop.

The suspicious vehicle is described as a dark-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Lincoln LS, with strobe lights in the upper windshield, authorities said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141.

Authorities said that people can always call 911 if they are being pulled over by a car with flashing lights to check whether a deputy or police officer is involved in the traffic stop. Anyone who is unsure if a vehicle is a legitimate law enforcement vehicle should turn on his or her hazard lights, slow down below the speed limit and proceed to a well-lit and populated area before stopping, authorities said.

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  • thinkin out loud Oct 16, 2013

    "Anyone who is unsure if a vehicle is a legitimate law enforcement vehicle should turn on his or her hazard lights, slow down below the speed limit and proceed to a well-lit and populated area before stopping, authorities said".

    Though this is good advise for safety reasons, one should keep in mind that this is more for unmarked vehicles and nothing in state law allows one to do this. Hopefully the officer will understand.

    Most police vehicles are equipped with multiple blue lights and always will have a siren. I would say pull over as soon as possible, make sure your doors are locked, keep your foot on the brake and leave car in drive, roll window down just enough to pass documents through and where you can hear and speak to officer. Dial 911 on your cell and have your hand on send. If the person that approaches does not look legitimate pull away and press send on the phone.

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 16, 2013

    "Nope. They catch those seat belt violators, though. That ought to make you feel safe." The Hans

    You clearly have NO idea how many people they pull over for seat belt / headlight or tail light out/ speeding violations /other 'minor' infractions who are then found out to have outstanding warrants, are under the influence, or are breaking the law in another way (no license, for example)

  • Iceman28 Oct 16, 2013

    if he hasn't robbed anyone, why is he called a bandit?

  • zenonx6 Oct 16, 2013

    Obama Care death of the USA........

  • zenonx6 Oct 16, 2013

    He just aint tried the right one yet.....

  • The Hans Oct 16, 2013

    "Do they ever catch these "blue ligh bandits?" Seems we hear several of these reports per year and no one is ever caught." - Obamacare is here
    October 16, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Nope. They catch those seat belt violators, though. That ought to make you feel safe.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 16, 2013

    Do they ever catch these "blue ligh bandits?" Seems we hear several of these reports per year and no one is ever caught.