Pasco deputies searching for fake cop who took victim’s cash

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PASCO COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) — Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man suspected of impersonating a law enforcement member who stole money from a victim that he pulled over.

On Tuesday about 8 p.m., the victim was traveling south on U.S. Highway 41 at Bowman Road in Spring Hill when he was stopped by a midsize, unknown make sedan with flashing red and blue lights on the passenger side visor.

A white male in his 30’s standing about 6-feet tall, weighing 220 pounds and clean shaven approached the victim. The suspect was wearing a blue uniform, described as BDUs or Battle Dress Uniform, with an embroidered, five-point star with an eagle and “DHS” embroidered on the collar.

The suspect identified himself as being from Homeland Security and told the victim he was being stopped for speeding. The suspect then asked the victim for his license and registration.

As the victim opened his console, the male saw a TD Bank envelope and he asked what was in the envelope.  The victim told him that he just got paid for a job and the male took the envelope along with the victim’s paperwork and walked back to his car.

The suspect returned a few minutes later and warned the victim, but he didn’t return the envelope, which contained a large amount of cash.

The victim asked for his money and the male told him that he would have to come to the Federal Building in Tampa and prove it was his.

On Wednesday, the victim called the Federal Building and was told he was scammed.

If anyone has any information on this suspect or incident, please contact the Pasco Sheriff’s Office a 727-847-8102 or 1-800-706-2488.

If you are ever in a situation like this it is suggested you pull into a well-lit location with witnesses. You can also call the Pasco County Emergency Communications Center by dialing 9-1-1. Give your exact location as well as your car’s make, model and license plate number and ask if you are being pulled over.

 

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