Charlton woman reports being pulled over by phony

BROOKFIELD — Local police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who has allegedly posed as an off-duty police officer, pulling over an area woman and claiming he would be ticketing her.

According to a statement issued by the Brookfield Police Department on Tuesday evening, there has been just one reported instance of the faux traffic stop. Police said they received a phone call from a Charlton woman around 4 p.m. on September 19 after she had been stopped by a man identifying himself as an off-duty police officer. The woman said she was stopped on Quaboag Street in Brookfield around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon by an older model, likely from the early 1990s, black or dark blue two-door Ford Ranger pickup truck. The woman said the vehicle had red lights in the front, which had been turned on. The woman said the truck’s driver was a caucasian man believed to be in his mid-60s. The unidentified man was described as approximately 6 feet tall, overweight, with shoulder length grey hair and a six-inch grey beard.

The man reportedly told the woman he was an off-duty police officer and asked to see her license and registration as she had run through a stop sign. He noted that she would receive a citation for $109 through the mail. The woman “did not feel comfortable,” police said, and she informed the bearded imposter that she would not provide any documentation to him. According to the report, the man then quickly left in his vehicle toward East Brookfield.

While Brookfield Police stress there is only one reported instance thus far, the public’s help in identifying the man is being sought.

“We would like to reiterate that this was an isolated incident thus far, and there have been no additional reports of any similar incidents,” police said in a Facebook posting. “Anyone that comes in contact with this party please call 911 immediately and try to obtain a license plate number.”

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