Help needed finding man impersonating Mesa police officer

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Man impersonating Mesa police officer

The following press release was sent by the Mesa Police Dept.:

MESA - Mesa Police are requesting the public's assistance in identifying a male who has been seen wearing a police uniform and equipment in Mesa. On Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 38 year-old male was inside his apartment located at 1800 E. Covina when he heard a knock at the front door. When he answered the door he was met by a white male wearing a police uniform was.

Investigation revealed the person was not a police officer but an imposter. The imposter asked the occupant to identify himself. The occupant then provided his name. Additionally, the bogus police imposter asked the occupant to verify his wife's name and continued to tell the occupant that that his wife was involved in a car accident. The imposter police officer then walked away. The occupant called his wife shortly after the subject left the area and his wife told him she was not involved in an accident.

The following description of the male suspect and vehicle has been provided to police: - A white male appearing to be in his mid 20's to early 30's, approximately 5'10"inches tall, 180 pounds, brown eyes with short black hair. He was wearing a short-sleeved navy blue police uniform with a leather gun belt containing a radio, handgun, ammunition pouches and a can of pepper spray. The police badge was silver in color. - The male was seen getting into a white Ford Crown Victoria with a spotlight on the driver's side door, a red dome light on the dashboard and tinted windows. The vehicle is possibly a 2001 model or later.

Mesa Police have passed out flyers informing the surrounding community about the incident. An updated flyer containing the composite will be re-distributed to citizens in surrounding community. Anyone with information is urged to call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.