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Sandusky area resident warns about man impersonating officer

Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 13:35:49-05

Residents in Perkins Township, near Sandusky, are warning other residents about a man they believe is impersonating a police officer during traffic stops.

On February 21 a man told police that he was talking to his wife and daughter when they both mentioned how they were stopped by an unmarked police car within a week of each other.

His wife explained how she was stopped by an unmarked car between the week of January 15 through January 21. She was returning home from work when she was pulled over. The alleged impostor said she was traveling 10 miles per hour above the speed limit. He didn't see her Fraternal Order of Police placard until she pulled over. He apologized and then terminated the stop.

The man's daughter stated she was driving in the city of Sandusky on January 25 when she was also stopped, but the alleged impostor never gave her a reason for the stop. He asked for her identification, and when she said it was in the backseat, he told her it wasn't needed and he terminated the stop.

Perkins Township Police say they do not have any unmarked Dodge Chargers.

The victims said the vehicle was a dark gray or black Dodge Charger with no front license plate. The vehicle had blue emergency lights in the grille and above rearview mirror on the front of the car.

The suspect appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s with sandy, brown hair.  He was wearing a duty belt with a portable radio, a stainless semi-auto handgun with gray grips and hinged cuffs.

Perkins police checked with other surrounding departments, which haven't heard of any incidents that match the description of the car or suspect.

A complaint has been filed, and the case is being investigated by police.