GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a man impersonating a deputy.
The suspect stopped one woman who was driving on Augusta Road on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.
“She called in to file a complaint about how the officer treated her. Well come to find out it wasn’t us, and it wasn’t one of the nearby agencies as well,” said Lieutenant Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
He told 7-News on Monday that the suspect also robbed the woman.
“He eventually got the woman out of the car and essentially robbed her of cash that was inside of her car, upon doing a vehicle search,” Flood said.
The impostor’s car was reportedly similar to the Sheriff’s Office’s new patrol vehicles. However, one major difference was that the impostor’s car said “Greenville Co.” on the side, instead of ” Greenville County Sheriff’s Office,” which is on all official vehicles.
The impersonator’s vehicle was also described as a Chevrolet Impala, while deputies drive Dodge Chargers and Ford Explorers.
The suspect is described as a tall African American male with a muscular build wearing a dark button up shirt. He also had a badge and a gun on his hip.
Deputies say if you’re stopped, pull over in a well lit and public place.
You can also call dispatch to confirm the traffic stop.
“If people are ever suspicious that they’re being pulled over by someone that is not an actual officer or deputy, we encourage them to call into 911 to verify the stop with our dispatchers,” said Flood.
Anyone with information on this subject is encouraged to call in to the sheriff’s office or crime stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.