Authorities are warning residents someone may be posing as a law enforcement officer in George and Greene counties.
The warning comes less than 24 hours after a George County resident called to report being pulled over by a man who was not in uniform but was driving an unmarked black car with a blue light on the dashboard, George County Sheriff Keith Havard said.
The woman was stopped 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Initially, the man asked for the woman’s driver’s license.
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“The man was making flirtatious comments, telling her how pretty she was,” Havard said. “When he heard a child crying in the background, he gave the license back to her and left.”
The woman suspected the man was a police impersonator and reported her suspicions him to authorities.
The man was described as white, about 6 feet tall with short blond hair. He was wearing a black shirt and black pants and had a firearm and handcuffs on him. The car was described as an older-model black vehicle, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria.
No other details about the stop were released, including what happened after the man pulled the woman over.
The George County Sheriff’s Department is urging residents to dial 911 if they believe they are being pulled over by someone posing as a law enforcement officer. If you have to pull over, dial 911 and pull over in an area with good lighting.
To report information, call the George County Sheriff’s Department at 601-947-4811, the Lucedale Police Department at 601-947-3261 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Messages may also be sent to Crime Stoppers at mscoastcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. All calls are confidential.