Comal Co. Sheriff's Office needs help finding 'police impersonator'

COMAL COUNTY, Texas - A "fake cop" is pulling people over in Comal County, and the the sheriff's office needs your help catching the person responsible.

Deputies are working extra patrols in the county looking for a man who they said has been driving an unmarked police car with red and blue emergency lights in the windshield.

"Right now, we have one victim that's been reported to have been pulled over by this individual on four different occasions," Jennifer Smith of the Comal County Sheriff's Office said.

However, the sheriff's office does not think it's a targeted act. The suspect is described as a white man, about 5'9" and 220 lbs. with a beard.

He's reportedly been dressed similar to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in dark tan pants, a tan button-down shirt, a black baseball hat and a gold badge. He's even asking to search victims' cars.

"It kind of scares me to think that someone would do that, and you kind of wonder what the motive is," John Schmelter, who lives in Comal County, said. "The real policemen ought to catch him."

The sheriff's office said if people are not sure of who is pulling them over, the best thing to do is call 9-1-1, turn on their hazard lights to signal that they are trying to pull over and then do so in a well lit area with plenty of people around.

"Describe the information to our 9-1-1 dispatchers and have them send an extra unit to you," Smith said.

Police impersonation is a third-degree felony. If captured, the suspect could face up to 10 years in prison or a $10,000 dollar fine.

If you know who might be behind the police impersonation incidents, contact Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-8477 or 1-800-640-8422. You can remain anonymous. There is a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the suspect.

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