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Fake cop might be making traffic stops, Long Beach police say

October 19, 2009 |  1:03 pm

Long Beach police called on the public for help on Monday in their investigation of a 34-year-old Long Beach man suspected of impersonating an officer, and possibly making illegal traffic stops.

The suspect first came under investigation in connection with a domestic violence incident. But a subsequent inventory of his blue 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck revealed that it was equipped with emergency police lights and a siren, and contained numerous blank law enforcement identification cards and badges, said Sgt. Chris Morgan.

"One of those badges said 'Special Officer,' " Morgan said. "The suspect said he was a security guard. But for us, it doesn’t make sense. Why would he have these things if he wasn’t using them?"

"We are trying to determine if anyone was falsely detained," he said. 

Investigators were withholding the identity of the suspect, who was arrested on Oct. 8 in connection with alleged weapons violations.

Long Beach police ask that anyone who believes they may have been falsely detained by the suspect to contact Detectives Peter Lackovic or Detective John Hotchkiss at (562) 570-7250.

-- Louis Sahagun in Long Beach

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