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Cop impersonator prompts car stop safety tips from police

A Nassau County police cruiser on Oct. 10,

A Nassau County police cruiser on Oct. 10, 2011. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County police on Wednesday offered safety tips to drivers when being pulled over after a suspect posed as an officer to rob a man in Woodmere.

In the robbery about 3:45 p.m. Monday, a suspect flashing lights in his black Jeep pulled over and robbed another driver on Broadway, police said.

The victim in the robbery had his wallet taken, and the suspect neither wore a uniform nor displayed a badge, police said. Police released a sketch of the suspect.

In Wednesday’s news release offering advice to motorists who are pulled over for a traffic stop by an unmarked vehicle, police said to call 911 to verify that an officer is indeed making the stop.

Police also said:

  • Drivers should activate their emergency lights to let police know they realize they are being stopped.
  • Drive to a well-lit area.
  • Keep doors locked and ask the officer for proper identification.
  • Request that a marked unit respond to your location.
  • Do not exit your vehicle until receiving verification that it is a valid vehicle stop.

Police said if anyone has more information on Monday’s stop by the man posing as an officer, they should call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

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