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O.C. Drivers Warned Of Alleged Police Impersonator

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SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities on Friday issued a warning to Orange County drivers after a man pulled over at least one person while allegedly impersonating an officer.

On Aug. 14, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the suspect allegedly pulled over a male driver who was traveling on the northbound 5 Freeway, according to a written statement issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The statement indicates that the male driver observed red and blue flashing lights behind his vehicle. Thereafter, the man exited the freeway and stopped in the parking lot of a Jack-in-the-Box on S. El Camino Real.

“Immediately after yielding, the victim was contacted by the suspect who was extremely aggressive and ordered him out of the vehicle and to sit on the curb,” the statement said.

It was at that point that authorities say the suspect allegedly stole the man’s wallet, cell phone, and keys from inside the vehicle.

The suspect was described by authorities as a Hispanic male between the ages of 25 to 35 with medium length hair and a thin mustache. The statement said that he was dressed in “SWAT type” clothing, including a black shirt and pants with no visible insignias.

The suspect vehicle was described as a Ford Crown Victoria, while a witness described the car as an Infinity G35 or G37 with police-type lights on the dashboard.

Anyone with more information about this case is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (949) 361-8224 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227 or at occrimestoppers.org.

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