North Vancouver RCMP are asking for help in identifying a man who allegedly pretended to be a cop and tried to ticket a driver for using the GPS on his cell phone.
The driver reported the incident to the RCMP after being the victim of a very suspicious eastbound traffic stop on East 13th Street near Moody Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Monday (July 18).
The driver told police he pulled over to the side of the road after noticing flashing red and blue lights on the vehicle behind him. The man exited the vehicle and approached the driver wearing a jacket and hat that read “POLICE” and what appeared to be a baton-type tool on his belt.
He allegedly told the driver he was with “NVPD” and that the driver was getting a ticket for using the GPS on his cellphone. He then produced a credit/debit machine and demanded payment for the violation, according to the driver.
Sensing something was wrong, the driver drove off and called the police.
“We are alarmed whenever someone pretends to be a policeman. Especially in our situation where that person tried to use that position to take money from someone,” Corp said. Melissa Jongema in a press release.
“The police do not accept payment for traffic check tickets. If you are arrested and a fine is demanded, please report the incident to the police immediately.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 25-30 years old. He was about 5’9” tall with a medium build and a slight goatee. He wore a black crew neck t-shirt, navy blue cargo pants and the “POLICE” vest and hat.
He was driving a navy blue or dark gray Chevrolet Tahoe with flashing red and blue lights on the dashboard.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.
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