CARLINVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - The Macoupin County Sheriff's Office is investigating two police impersonation cases.
Sheriff Don Albrecht says one incident happened in Virden, Illinois about two weeks ago. He says it was reported by an anonymous person who said a male student was talking about pulling over a vehicle using a police light.
The tipster did give police a name, and the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office conducted interviews with three males under the age of 18 who live in the Girard-Virden area. The boys admitted to having a red and blue flashing light and using it in a white Chevrolet Impala they were driving two weeks ago.
The boys said the vehicle in front of them pulled over to the side of the road, but they kept driving and did not have contact with the driver of the vehicle that pulled to the side of the road.
The victim in this incident has not come forward.
A second incident was reported by a 21-year-old female who said she was pulled over west of Shipman, Illinois on State Route 16 around 5 p.m. February 26.
She said she saw an older, large, dark-colored passenger car traveling eastbound as she traveled westbound. After they passed each other, she said the person driving the vehicle turned around and pulled up behind her with a red and blue light on the dashboard.
The victim said she pulled to the side of the road, and noticed the vehicle pulling her over was unmarked.
According to the victim, the driver of the passenger car approached her and asked for her driver's license, which she provided. She said the man went back to his car for a few minutes before returning and telling her that he had suspected her car was stolen but was wrong.
The woman says she was released and drove away.
After speaking to family members, the woman decided the stop was strange and reported it to authorities, who determined that there was not an authorized police officer within Macoupin County that had made the stop.
The suspect is described as a white male standing around 6' tall with brown hair, brown eyes, a square-shaped face, without facial hair or glasses.
The victim says the suspect was wearing a blue button-up shirt with the word "Police" embroidered on the left breast pocket and a baseball cap with the word "Police" embroidered on the front. She says he had a slight southern accent.
Sheriff Albrecht says all law enforcement agencies take incidents like these seriously and thoroughly investigate all leads. Twenty-eight years ago a man impersonating police in Macoupin County killed a 16-year-old girl, and Sheriff Albrecht says they have not forgotten the seriousness of the crime. He says anyone who feels unsafe while being stopped by a police-type vehicle should drive at a safe speed to a safe public location with lights and other people around or the nearest law enforcement office.
Drivers can also call 911 and report why they are not pulling over immediately.
Anyone with information on this case should contact the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office at 217-854-3135 or CrimeStoppers at 800-352-0136.