EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a new report of a police impersonator pulling a person over in the Village of Godfrey.
According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, Chief of Detectives for the sheriff's office, the incident occurred Friday, April 19 at 6:15 p.m. on Godfrey Road near Beuttel Road. The complainant reported a suspicious encounter to deputies.
The complainant told investigators she was stopped by a person in a large passenger vehicle with a rotating, dash-mounted blue emergency light. She did not see any markings or official labels on the car.
According to the woman, the man in the car got out and had a badge hanging from a chain around his neck. The man warned her about a registration-related offense. After a brief conversation with the female driver, the man got back into his car and drove off.
Investigators described the suspect as a Caucasian man, 30 to 40 years of age, 6'1" to 6'3" with an average build, brown crew cut hair, no facial hair, wearing a blue button-up shirt and dark pants.
Dixon said deputies contacted several area law enforcement agencies, who were all unable to confirm that the man was a police officer.
In recent months, residents in Macoupin, Sangamon and Calhoun counties have reported suspicious encounters with individuals presenting themselves as police officers. It is unknown if these incidents are connected. The Madison County Sheriff's Office is coordinating investigative efforts with area law enforcement.
Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who's had a similar encounter is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 618-692-4433 or their anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.
Impersonation of a police officer is a Class 4 Felony in Illinois and carries a sentence between one and three years in prison.