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Thursday, October 27,2011

Authorities seek police impersonators

By Blair Madole

Authorities are looking for two men suspected of impersonating police officers.

On Oct. 15 at 12:37 a.m., a male motorist driving on North 79th Street in the area of Colorado Highway 52 was contacted by what appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle.

The victim was approached by a white male, dressed in a dark police-type uniform, and was asked for his driver’s license and registration. The suspect allegedly wore a metal nametag with the name “Garcia” on it, and wore a silver star-shaped badge. The suspect was allegedly joined less than two minutes later by another unmarked police-type vehicle, also with flashing lights. The second suspect was identified by the name of “Reynolds.”

According to Cmdr. Rick Brough of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the victim handed over his license and registration and was left waiting in his car for approximately 15 minutes. The suspects then returned, asked the victim a few more questions, and returned his documents.

Brough says the victim thought the situation was odd because he repeatedly asked why he had been pulled over, but never got a response. After the incident, the victim called the local police agencies to ask whether an officer had actually contacted him and discovered none had. The victim later decided to report the situation to the Boulder police.

The first suspect was described by the victim as a white male with a flat-top, military-type hair cut with the sides of his head shaved or very closely cropped. His hair was dirty blonde or light brown. The victim was unable to give a description of the second suspect.

The first suspect was driving a dark Ford Crown Victoria between the years of 2006 and 2011, with flashing dash and grill lights and a spotlight on the driver’s side. Both suspects seemed to have some knowledge of police procedures.

Brough says he is unsure whether the incident is related to the police impersonators reported in Denver in July, though he says it is something he plans to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to contact either Det. Steve Ainsworth at 303-441-3650, Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or through www.nococrimestoppers.com, where they can send an anonymous email or text message. Tips may be eligible for a cash reward.

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