Police impersonator pulling over people in New Mexico

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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE)- One New Mexico city is dealing with a police impersonator. He’s pulling people over in an old cop car and it’s making people in Alamogordo uneasy.

In the last few months, people claim they’ve been pulled over by a white Crown Victoria that has no police markings but does have some kind of emergency light system.

State Police say the man inside is not an officer.

“The individual is a white male and the individual is wearing some sort of a police style uniform and making traffic stops,” said Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo with New Mexico State Police.

It’s been reported to police on two separate occasions.

Once back in August on US 70 between Alamogordo and Holloman Air Force Base.

Then it happened again, just a few weeks ago in town on White Sands Boulevard.

“There have been no documented or recorded that have been conducted during those times,” said Armijo.

No agencies in the area are using that type of vehicle.

State Police aren’t saying what the man does once he pulls people over. But they think there are more victims and they want to hear from them.

“We do believe that there is the potential that more people have been pulled over and have potentially been stopped by this individual,” said Armijo.

People in Alamogordo want it to stop.

“I just think it’s really a shame because of all the problems we’re having with the public and the police officers and we have good officers out there and it’s putting out a bad name for them,” said Dianna Baker, Alamogordo resident.

“It’s wrong, it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous especially for women because when you get pulled over you automatically stop because you’re thinking ‘Oh what have I done,’” said Linda Sisneros, Alamogordo resident.

State Police want to remind drivers that if you feel like it’s a sketchy traffic stop you are well within your rights to ask for credentials and a badge.

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