DPS warns residents of phony policeman
The Depar tment of Public Safety in Bell, Williamson and Coryell Counties were warning residents about a possible police impostor.
Two of those counties, Bell and Williamson, border Milam County.
Tela Mange, DPS spokesperson, said the impostor drives an unmarked car with police-type lights and has been stopping motorists in the area.
Sheriff’s offices in the three counties are working with Texas Department of Public Safety investigators to determine whether the incidents are related.
October 3, on US 195 in Bell County south of Killeen, officers say a man was pulled over by a car with police lights inside on the dash board.
The suspect told the driver he committed a number of traffic violations, and then demanded money in exchange for not arresting the driver.
On Oct. 24 in Williamson County, south of Florence, a woman was pulled over by a car with police lights in the dashboard.
The suspect reportedly took money and some other items the woman had inside her car.
October 30, in Coryell County north of Gatesville, a car with police lights inside pulled over a teenage girl.
The suspect reportedly asked her some questions, and then let her go.
Senior DPS Trooper Harpin Myers Jr. says, as more reports come in, DPS has real officers, now looking specifically for the suspect.
“If the officer’s lights come on behind you, by law you must stop,” Myers said.
“But you do have the right to make sure the officer is real, before you roll down your window,” he said,
“The officer should show you a badge, and identify which police department he works for,” Myers said. “If that doesn’t happen, the best thing to do is to call 911 to verify the person who has stopped you is a police officer.”
The DPS said there is no specific vehicle to look out for.
“The fake cop has used both cars and pick-ups. They are all unmarked, and he does not wear a uniform,” Mange said.