Police searching for cop impersonator in Burlington

CREATED May 1, 2014

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BURLINGTON - For at least the third time in the last year and a half, a woman had an encounter with a fake cop in Racine County. The latest happened in the early morning hours on a dark stretch of road - two things that can make drivers susceptible to a predator.

The latest case happened in the quiet town of Burlington where people feel safe.
"It's very shocking to hear 'cause Burlington's just a fantastic community.  The people are great and this sort of thing just doesn't happen here," said Johnny Prill who lives in Burlington.
Just west of Bushnell Park, a woman was pulled over by a dark colored SUV with flashing red and blue lights. A man in his 40s got out, with dark colored hair shaved close to his head. She noticed he had a birth mark or rosacea on his chin and neck.
The fake cop asked for the woman's license.
"He indicated she was driving reckless. He made some reference to a back pack in her vehicle, why she had one or didn't have one. It was just a very bizarre conversation," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.
The woman was allowed to leave after that conversation on Bushnell Road. But, police impersonators on Highway K near Apple Road and in the town of Yorkville sexually assaulted their victims in 2012 and in 2013.
So, next time you see a squad behind you, how will you know it's real?
"Most law enforcement officers, such as myself, wear an i.d. badge when I'm not in full uniform. Also our squad cars they have red and blue lights, they also have sirens," said Sheriff Schmaling.
Sheriff Schmaling says if you feel uneasy in a traffic stop, turn on your hazards and drive to a well-lit area, like a gas station. If you feel threatened, call 911.