North Vancouver RCMP warn of fake cop demanding payment at roadside

North Vancouver RCMP said someone driving a vehicle similar to this one pulled a driver over Monday and demanded payment at the side of the road. North Vancouver RCMP

North Vancouver RCMP has issued a warning about a police impersonator allegedly trying to scam motorists during fake traffic stops.

Police say the man pulled a driver over around 3:30 p.m. Monday on E 13th Street near Moody Avenue, using a navy or dark grey Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with red and blue flashing lights.

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The suspect, clad in a vest and hat emblazoned with “police,” identified himself as “NVPD” to the driver, Mounties said. North Vancouver does not have a police department, and is served by the RCMP.

Police said the man didn’t appear to have a fully equipped police belt, but did have a baton-like tool.

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“The suspect told the driver that he had been pulled over for ‘using GPS on his cell phone,’ then produced a debit/credit machine, and demanded payment for the violation. Sensing the situation was highly suspicious, the driver drove away and immediately contacted police,” RCMP said in a media release.

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Mounties said officers will never ask for payment at roadside, and said anyone who is asked to do so should contact police immediately.

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The suspect is described as Caucasian, between the ages of 25 and 30 and five-foot-nine with an average build, a slight goatee and no accent.

He was wearing a black round-neck t-shirt and navy cargo pants.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or video relevant to the investigation is asked to contact North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.

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