A greasy police impersonator is on the loose in Falls Township after a bizarre incident last Friday, Feb. 1. A woman pulled over by a dark blue or black Ford Crown Victoria says she gave her ID and personal information to a man who went to great lengths to play pretend.
At about 10:40 a.m., a mysterious stranger lit up the red and blue lights placed on his vehicle’s dash. The man directed his selected target off Lincoln Highway into the parking of Honey Baked Ham.
The victim, a 45-year-old woman, knew something was off when an allegedly smelly middle aged man with poor hygiene approached the vehicle with no uniform. He demanded the woman’s personal details and she complied.
The tipping point came when he requested she exit her car. She began to suspect he may not be a real officer. The woman recovered her ID and immediately drove away.
A more detailed description of the suspect indicates he is a white male in his 30’s to early 40’s with a distinct smell of body odor combined with smoke and alcohol. He had a “dirty appearance” with 2-3 days worth of facial hair and a scruffy hair-do. The woman told police he spoke with a Philly or New York accent.
Further complicating matters is the fact that the Falls Township Police Department does use two unmarked black Crown Victorias. However, they want people to understand an officer driver one of these vehicles will always be in uniform. These cars also both have municipal plates municipal license plates, spotlights and push bumpers.
If someone thinks a person might not be a real officer, they can call 911 to speak with dispatchers. Anyone else who has experienced a run-in with this disturbing impostor should report it to the Falls Township Police Department 215-945-3100.