By Talia Kaplan
CALHOUN COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - There is a warning for residents in Calhoun County. Investigators say a possible police imposter is approaching students in Kampsville, Ill. They say neighboring counties also have reports of a man posing as a police officer.
Sheriff's deputies in Calhoun County say they responded to two incidents recently. They say a man wearing a blue shirt, resembling a uniform, and a badge on a chain drove up to a 14-year-old boy walking near the Landing Restaurant in Kampsville Saturday night.
Deputies say the man asked the teen about two 14-year-old girls, including where they lived. On Wednesday morning, investigators say, a man posing as a police officer, wearing a similar outfit, pulled up to one of the girls as she was walking to a friend's house to catch the school bus.
They say he opened his car door and she ran away. He sat there for a while, and then drove off.
Investigators are still trying to determine if the same man is responsible for both incidents because the vehicle descriptions are different. They say in both cases he was in an unmarked vehicle. Investigators say they are working around the clock trying to solve this case.
"We've had some calls of suspicious vehicles but this is the first one we had someone impersonating a police officer, which is scary because we are supposed to be the ones that people have the faith in and have confidence and be secure that's why I say when you meet somebody and they seem suspicious and you feel bad about it, ask for an [an officer's] ID card," said Sheriff William Heffington with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.
He encourages students to walk in pairs. If you notice anything suspicious, he asks you take down a description of the man, vehicle, license plate number, and call the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 618-576-2417.