Polk deputies looking for man impersonating officer

Polk deputies looking for man impersonating officer (Image 1)

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they say is impersonating a law enforcement officer around Haines City for the past few weeks.

Deputies say around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, a victim was approached by the suspect, who said he was a narcotics officer, in the area of Johnson Avenue and Kalogridis Road in Haines City. He accused the victim of selling drugs, and to remove all items from his pockets and wait until a canine unit responded. After 45 minutes, deputies say the victim realized he was likely a fraud.

Haines City police say the suspect has been involved in multiple robberies targeting Hispanics in the area. In those cases, police say he approached victims claiming he is a law enforcement officer and has enticed them to get into his vehicle. The suspect then drive them to an isolated location on the outskirts of the city limits and takes their money and cell phones.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20’s, approximately 5’4″ tall, 180 lbs., with short hair and a goatee. He was seen driving a silver Ford Taurus or Buick LeSabre. 

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective Nicholas Burns at 863-236-3927. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call 1-800-226-tips or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

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