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Catawba sheriff's office: Be on the lookout for fake cop

Catawba sheriff's office: Be on the lookout for fake cop

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The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man accused of impersonating an officer.

The office received a report of a teenage girl being stopped on Little Mountain Road by a man who claimed to be an officer. The teenager was skeptical and asked what department the man was with and if she could see his badge, according to a news release.

The man let her go after a brief conversation. The sheriff’s office began investigating the incident after the girl reported the encounter to a school resource officer, according to the release.

The suspect in this case is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He is a white man who has a medium build and a dark beard. The man appeared to be in his 30s, the release said.

While the man was wearing a uniform and carried a firearm, there was no evidence he had a badge. The black SUV he was driving did not have the insignia of any law enforcement agency, though blue lights were installed in the windshield, according to the release.

Hickory police officers reported a similar situation. A man, roughly matching the description of the suspected fake cop sought by the sheriff’s office, stopped a motorist on U.S. 321 in Hickory around 3 a.m. on Thursday. The police department is working with the sheriff’s office to locate the man.

Anyone with information on this investigation can call the sheriff’s office at 828-464-3112 or Hickory police at 828-328-5551.



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