DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — Police in Derry Township are searching for a police impersonator they describe as dangerous. Officers say a man in his late 20s was driving a dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, when he pulled a woman over Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Fishburn United Methodist Church in Hershey.
Police say the man then asked the woman if he could search her car. After a discussion between the two, the female agreed to the search believing the man was a legitimate police officer.
Get daily news, weather, breaking news and alerts straight to your inbox! Sign up for the abc27 newsletters here
Authorities say the man then searched the entire interior of the vehicle as well as a black Coach purse and floral medical bag when he allegedly stole approximately $200 in cash from a wallet.
“People do these impersonations for different reasons, whether it’s to impose some type of authority over somebody, in this case, they committed a theft,” Derry Township Police Chief Garth Warner said.
Police reports suggest the vehicle, which was in clean/good condition, had very dark window tinting, interior dash or visor-mounted red and blue emergency lights, and a push bar on the front.
“It makes the job of a police officer all that more difficult if you have a legitimate police officer that is conducting enforcement, where they see a violation and they’re in an unmarked vehicle,” Chief Waner said.
The suspect is described as male, late 20’s, 5’9” in height, 175 lbs., buzz-cut hair, no accent, right-handed, and fit/muscular build. Reports add the man was wearing a baseball hat with a patch indicating he was with the Derry Township Police, a body armor-style vest, a duty belt as well as a holstered handgun, orange taser and handcuffs.
At this time, the Derry Township Police Department is asking residents to review any surveillance video or dashcam video from the area and report any information to police by calling (717) 534-2202, submitting a tip online, or calling 911 in an emergency situation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the stop or has surveillance video or dashcam video from that area is asked to call Derry Township police.
“We want to make sure everybody’s safe. It’s definitely reckless for this person to be out doing this type of activities,” Chief Warner said.
If an unmarked car is trying to pull you over and you are not sure, keep driving normally, and call 911 to verify if an actual officer is behind you.
This is a developing story. Stay up to date on the latest from abc27 News on-air and on the go with the free abc27 Mobile app.