Police impersonator strikes for 3rd time in Maury County
Feb 9, 2014 09:05 PM CST
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -
A police impersonator now known for driving a yellow Camaro and pulling people over has struck again in Maury County.
It is the third time in a week the suspect has acted as a law enforcement official.
Authorities responded to a report of the yellow Camaro impersonating an officer along U.S. Highway 43 near Williamsport Pike just after 10 p.m. Friday.
In this instance, the victim, Brett Szostek, 23, did not stop or pull over for the vehicle.
He told police he had read reports of the Camaro, so after the driver began following him and flashing blue lights, he sped off and called authorities.
The Camaro eventually stopped following Szostek and pulled over on the side of the road. Responding officers conducted a search in the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle.
In the first two incidents, both victims were robbed of cash after pulling over for the vehicle, believing it was an unmarked police car.
"If we see a yellow Camaro, chances are it's going to get stopped," Chief Tommy Goetz said.
News 2 spoke with Jimmy Tennyson, the captain of the Maury County Sheriff's Department, who said drivers will see more than one blue light on a dashboard if it is a real police car.
He said drivers can also ask questions to make sure they are speaking with a bona fide officer.
"Ask them for some identification. Pretty much if you're true blue, you are going to show some ID," Captain Tennyson explained, adding, "Every day, every night; we are working at it. Once we get these individuals, we aim to prosecute, so we are going to keep at it, that's for sure."
In the meantime, drivers should be aware that the suspect could be targeting people traveling late at night and in secluded areas of the county.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff's department at 931-380-5733.