Suspect impersonating Chandler police officer

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Chandler Police Department wants to warn the public about a suspect who has been impersonating an officer.

Police say that the individual is calling elderly members of the community and identifying himself as either a Chandler police officer or an officer of the Chandler City Court. This individual tells the victim that he or she has a warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The impersonator reportedly builds a false sense of credibility by confirming the victim’s name and address.

The victim is instructed to purchase a pre-paid credit card, in order to clear the warrant. Then, the victim calls the impersonator back and provides the credit card access code.  The victim is then advised that the warrant is cleared.

Police warn that this is a phone scam. While the Chandler Police Department does have a unit of volunteers who makes calls to people with active Chandler arrest warrants, the volunteers do not collect payment over the phone.

The volunteers do instruct individuals with warrants to contact the Chandler Magistrate Court, either in person or by phone, to settle the warrant. Courts handle the payment of arrest warrants, not law enforcement agencies.

If you have received a similar phone call and have not reported it, please contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130.