Phony Police Officer Pulls Over School Bus Driver in Redlands

The man was wearing an identification card with the word "investigator" written in red across the top

By Samantha Tata
|  Monday, May 20, 2013  |  Updated 5:39 PM PDT
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Phony Cop Pulls Over School Bus Driver

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A school bus driver became suspicious and threatened to call CHP when a man impersonating a police officer pulled her over in Redlands on May 17, 2013.

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Drivers in Redlands are being warned of a man who impersonated a police officer while pulling over a school bus late last week, authorities said.

By flashing red and blue lights installed under his car’s rearview mirror, a man driving a silver sedan pulled over the bus near University Street and Citrus Avenue about 2:40 p.m. May 17, Redlands police spokesman Carl Baker said in a news release.

He showed the driver a gold, star-shaped badge and identified himself as a police officer. But the driver – who was alone on the bus at the time – became suspicious and threatened to call California Highway Patrol authorities, Baker said. That’s when the man returned to his car and drove away.

The impersonator is described as a white male, about 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall with a thin build, and short, reddish brown hair.

He was wearing a light blue, button-up long sleeve shirt and tan pants, Baker said. He also had an identification card clipped to his shirt with the word “investigator” written in red across the top.

He was driving a silver, newer model four-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet or Ford, with flashing red and blue lights under the rearview mirror.

A sketch of the police impersonator was not available Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call Redlands police at 909-798-7681.

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