Fake police officer follows woman, steals purse
GEISMAR - A man impersonating a police officer followed a woman to her home and stole her purse, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said the woman was driving home from the grocery store last night when she noticed a white van following her, with a flashing white light in its windshield. When she got to her home the van's driver got out and said he was a police officer investigating drug activity in the area.
The woman said she was told to stay in the car and put her purse on the hood. When she did, the man took the purse and left.
Bacala said the "police officer" was a white man with a partially-gray beard and mustache. He was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt with an emblem on it that looked like a badge.
"This incident should serve as a reminder to the public to be cautious when they see emergency lights on an unmarked car," Bacala said. "Typically, an unmarked law enforcement vehicle is going to have a multitude of emergency lights, including flashing headlights and red and blue lights in the windshield."
Bacala said people should also consider dialing 911 if they're being pulled over by someone in an unmarked car, and drive to a well-lit area with many people around before stopping.
Anyone with information about this case should contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636.