Monday, June 18, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough deputies search for law enforcement impersonator

TAMPA — Deputies were searching Thursday for a man who pretended to be a law enforcement officer when he pulled over a 28-year-old woman near Town 'N Country.

About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the woman was on her way to the bank when she saw a Ford Expedition behind her with a flashing blue light on its dashboard, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

She pulled into the Grow Financial Federal Credit Union parking lot, 8314 Sheldon Road, and a man exited, approached her car and started yelling at her.

He asked for her license and registration, which she provided, deputies said. The man walked back to his SUV and a short while later returned her paperwork while continuing to yell.

When she asked him to either give her a ticket or let her go, he said that he wasn't going to ticket her. He said he just wanted to scare her.

He didn't provide a badge or credentials before leaving, and deputies believe he was a fake.

They describe the man as between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, with a medium to husky build in his early 30s. He was driving a newer model, dark blue Ford Expedition with tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the incident are asked to call (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

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