PORTLAND – A man pretending to be an undercover officer pulled over a woman in Portland and searched her car, police said.
Now police want to spread the word that the impostor could strike again.
The woman told police she was pulled over near the intersection of North Vancouver Avenue and Ainsworth Street after getting followed by a vehicle with flashing headlights. The 33-year-old victim said the driver was also using a phone with a flashing white and possibly blue light.
She said the car began following her near the Plaid Pantry convenience store at Southeast Grand Avenue and East Burnside Street. It continued to follow as she drove to a friend’s neighborhood in North Portland and stopped.
She told police that the man flashed a badge in a wallet and identified himself as an undercover police officer. He said that he saw her talking to a drug dealer outside of the Plaid Pantry and wanted to search her car.
She allowed him to do the search and said it looked like he put something into his pocket. After he left, she noticed that money was missing from her purse, according to police.
The victim described the suspect as a white man, around 40 to 50 years old, short, with a skinny build. His vehicle was described as a white 1990s Buick.
Anyone who suspects that someone is impersonating a police officer should immediately call 9-1-1.
Officers performing traffic stops rarely use vehicles without clear police markings or official lights. Also, all police officers are required to carry a badge and a photo ID that identifies them as sworn police officers.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.