Woman driver stopped by fake officer in Fort Collins for fraudulent stay-at-home check.
Another report of a police impersonator was announced Tuesday, this one in Fort Collins involving a driver, a woman, who was stopped in a bogus stay-at-home compliance check.
The incident happened at about 11:45 a.m. on Thursday at Harmony and Timberline roads, police said in a news release.
A man, wearing a dark blue police uniform and police baseball cap, driving an unmarked white pickup truck with red and blue lights on the windshield, stopped the victim and requested her driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. The woman complied and the impostor took the documents to his truck, returning them in several minutes.
The victim later reported the incident to police after she determined that no such stay-at-home compliance checks are being conducted in Fort Collins, the release said.
The incident is being investigated and it’s been determined that no law officer conducted a traffic stop in the area at that time on that date. The suspect is described as a white man about 6 feet tall, between the age of 45 to 50, with an athletic build.
“While we are still enforcing traffic laws, Fort Collins Police officers are not conducting traffic stops solely related to COVID-19 orders,” Assistant Chief John Feyen said in the release. “Unfortunately, criminals around the country are using COVID-19 concerns to their advantage in many ways. We will hold these people accountable for their illegal activities and encourage our community members to report any suspicious behaviors.”
Similar incidents have been reported in Greeley and Aurora in the past week.
Fort Collins police are concerned that there may be additional victims. Anyone who has been stopped for an alleged stay-at-home compliance check is asked to call Detective Mike Harres at 970-221-6543 or contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County.
Fort Collins police say that drivers who are stopped, and suspect that the action is not being carried out by a legitimate officer, can take several precautions including:
- Call 911; dispatchers can verify if it’s an actual officer
- Turn on your hazard lights; it draws the attention of passing vehicles
- Pull over in a well-lit, public area
- Ask to see a badge or identification; officers carry business cards