CHAMBLEE, Ga. - Chamblee Police are warning people about a couple of police impersonators with real guns. Police said they robbed two people at gunpoint.
Investigators said the impersonators are driving a car that looks very much like a police cruiser.
“A police-style white [Dodge] Charger with push bumpers, a spotlight and blue lights in the grill,” said Chamblee Police Capt. Ernesto Ford.
Authorities said they got behind a car on Buford Highway, flipped on the blue flashing lights, and pulled over a car. The driver of the vehicle said two men got out of the Dodge Charger, but were not wearing uniforms.
“They thought they were undercover officers because they were wearing civilian clothing,” said Capt. Ford.
The driver told FOX 5 News they pulled their guns out and pointed them at her head telling her to not to turn around. She said they took her purse, money, and car keys. The woman said they also dragged her friend out of the passenger seat at gunpoint looking for more money.
Police said this happened after dark making it difficult to see the vehicle, but the blue lights were obvious and convincing enough that most people would pull over.
“I would stop and roll my window down,” said John Shapiro who lives in the area.
Shapiro added that he’ll be looking more closely now.
“That’s a very serious situation, I hope they catch these guys quickly,” said Shapiro.
Police said if anyone sees what appears to be a police car coming up behind them, but are not sure it’s a legitimate traffic stop, there are ways to protect yourself.
"Slow down, so if it is a police officer they know you’re not trying to flee, call 911 so you can verify it’s a police officer, and go to a well-lit area where people can see you and then pull over,” said Capt. Ford.