Impostor police officer leaves many with unanswered questions

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:42 PM CST
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Folks in Clay and Becker counties went to bed with a lot of unanswered questions Tuesday night. Authorities continue their search for a man who's pulling people over and claiming to be a police officer. There have been three reported cases. Now people living in Becker County are wondering what this world has come to.

People in Becker County said their guards are up, after hearing about the impostor police officer. He's been pulling women over in the area.

Years ago, Ronna Cox was pulled over by someone claiming it be an officer. It happened to her when she lived in Pennsylvania.

"I slowed down, and then I drove very slow until I got to a parking lot," said Ronna Cox from Becker County. "I didn't have a phone at that time, but when I got there, I just got to a store where there were a lot of people around, and then he left."

Now living in Becker County, she's shared the story with her grandkids, hoping they never fall for something like this.

"It's gotten to the point where I tell my granddaughter if you don't know if it's a police officer, pull over, call 911 and just sit there," said Cox. "What can you do?"

"You trust your police officers, you trust everybody around you that helps protect us and serves us, and you just don't want someone like that running around anywhere," said David Melgaard from Becker County.

Authorities tell us they are looking into each and every case and have been able to clear up some of the reports.

"It's unfortunate," said Sheriff Todd Glander. "We're doing everything we can to find out who this was, why they're doing this and prevent it from happening any further."

"Everybody's going crazy," said a woman living in the area. 'It's not the same anymore."

Until authorities are able to catch whoever is behind this, they are asking the public to be on guard, and if they are unsure, they can call 911.

The people we spoke with Tuesday say they are going to be paying extra attention to who's behind them, and if they do get pulled over, one man said if he's going to ask for the officer's I.D. before he shows him his.

The description that authorities have given us is a male, 25-30 years of age, 6'0 tall, goatee beard, wearing a black winter hat, a dark jacket with what appeared to be a radio microphone on the lapel of the jacket.

If you have any information, call dispatch at 701-451-7660.

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