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Suspected police impersonator arrested in Durham

Posted October 5, 2012 5:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2012 6:46 p.m. EDT

— Police said Friday that they have arrested a man who they believe impersonated an officer to trick Durham businesses out of money.

Timothy Scott Liptrap, 43, no address available, was charged Wednesday with two counts each of impersonating a law enforcement officer and obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held Friday in the Durham County jail under a $600,000 bond.

More charges are pending, police said.

Liptrap also might be linked to similar crimes in Gastonia and Graham and in Knoxville, Tenn., police said.

Anyone with information about the crimes or who believes they are a victim of the scam is asked to call the Durham Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at 919-560-4440.