Brown County says Allouez impersonator story is false
Brown and Marinette County sheriff's offices are investigating reports of a person impersonating a police officer.
At least one of those reports turned out to be false.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the first complaint they received was from a person who said they were pulled over in the southern part of the county by a dark-colored sedan with red and blue lights in the windshield.
The sheriff's office posted on Facebook:
"In regard to the report of someone impersonating an officer in conducting a Safer at Home traffic stop, the Sheriff's Office is looking for assistance in identifying the following:
The sheriff's office says the second report was at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning. A person entering a convenience store on Webster Ave. in Allouez said she was approached by a clean-shaven, white man in his late 30's or early 40's, wearing a brown uniform that didn't have a patch or identify an agency. Referencing the governor's order, he asked for the woman's working papers. She said she didn't have any, and the man left.
That never happened. The Sheriff's Office says it was made up.
The Sheriff's Office posted this message on Facebook:
The Marinette County Sheriff's Office says a person reported being pulled over north of Wausaukee by a dark SUV with flashing blue strobe lights in the area of its headlights. The impersonator said they wanted the person's work permit to be out. They used a flashlight and the complaintant couldn't see past it, but they didn't think the person was wearing a uniform. The impersonator is described only as being about 5'10" tall and 190 pounds.
The sheriff's office says the second report was similar.
Law enforcement agencies are emphasizing that there is no local travel ban because of the governor's "safer at home" order. Officers will not stop you (
"There is no need for a permit to be out and about at this time," the Marinette County Sheriff's Office wrote. "It is safer to stay at home, but if you need to go out for anything, you do not need a permit."
The Brown County Sheriff's Office advised, "Brown County WILL NOT be conducting compliance checks for this reason. As always, please be aware of your surroundings and the happenings around you. If you observe suspicious activities, report it to your local authority."
Authorities want you to know that law enforcement officers wear uniforms with badges and patches identifying themselves and their agency. It's less likely you would be stopped by a plain clothed officer but they, too, will carry identification.
In previous cases of police impostors, local law enforcement agencies gave this advice:
- Keep your doors locked
- Ask to see the officer's badge and identification
- Ask the officer to follow you to a public, well-lit area or request a second officer to come to your location
- Call 911 to verify the officer's identification
- Open your window just enough to slip your driver's license and insurance card out
- Do not get out of your car unless others are around
If you are pulled over, it's still important for you to make your intentions known to the officer -- even if you're speaking to them through a window. You don't want to be additionally cited for failing to follow police orders, failure to stop or engaging police in a pursuit.