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July 31, 2013
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Police impersonators pull over actual officer

Once the posing officers realized the man they pulled over was a police officer, they returned to their vehicle and sped off

By Rosemary Regina Sobol
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for two men who posed as Chicago police officers this morning when they pulled over a Northwest Side motorist who turned out to be an actual Chicago police officer.

The officer, in his 40s, was heading home from an overtime shift and was nearing Fairfield Avenue and George Street in the Avondale neighborhood just after midnight when behind him, a white sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Ford, turned on its flashing lights, police said.

When the officer pulled over, he knew he hadn't committed any traffic violations and sensed something was odd, according to police. Two men, neither of whom appeared to have police radios or guns on them, exited the SUV. One man, wearing dark clothing, remained standing outside the SUV while the other, wearing jeans and a shirt, approached the officer in his car, police said.

The officer, who was still wearing his bullet resistant vest and was wearing a police shirt, asked the man,  "Who are you?" When the man replied: "I'm Chicago police," the officer sensed they were pretending and said, "Oh really?"

The man, apparently feeling something was up, yelled to his "partner" in dark clothing "It's OK, it's Chicago police" and jumped back into the SVU which sped away with the two men inside. The officer followed them for a while but lost them, police said.

The officer was not injured or robbed and police are seeking two Hispanic men in their 20s who are about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weigh 175 pounds, police said. One had an open-collared shirt and blue jeans while the other was wearing all dark clothing.

No one was in custody late this morning.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2013 the Chicago Tribune






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