Sheriff: Fake cops may be stopping motorists in N. Sarasota

HERALD STAFF REPORTApril 22, 2013 

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is cautioning motorists to be on the lookout for people who may be impersonating law enforcement officers in northern Sarasota County, according to the news release.

A Sarasota couple reported being pulled over early Saturday near 17th Street and Dodge Avenue by three men in a black four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala, with chrome rims and a red and blue light bar in the windshield, the sheriff's office said.

"The male victim was ordered to get on the ground, but when the female victim was ordered out of the car she noticed scratches and damage to the front end and remarked that it was not a real police car," the release states.

The suspects then fled.

The suspects are described as being in their 20s and or 30s and wearing black shirts with "SHERIFF" on it, black boots and black pants, the report states.

Motorists who are concerned about being pulled over by a marked vehicle should call 911 to let the call taker know what is happening. Give your location and have that person provide directions on what to do. They can confirm if you are being puled by a legitimate officer, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with information about what happened Saturday can call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers, 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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