A man without a uniform made himself out to be an RCMP officer near Cranbrook on Monday.

A man without a uniform made himself out to be an RCMP officer near Cranbrook on Monday.

Woman flees man pretending to be a cop

A man who approached a woman at a rest stop near Cranbrook is wanted by police

Cranbrook RCMP are looking for a man who pretended to be a police officer.

On Monday, November 4 at 5 p.m., a woman stopped at a roadside rest area about 10 kilometres east of Cranbrook to use the washroom.

A man approached her and identified himself as Cst. Johnson. He told the woman he was performing a road check and asked her to walk to the rear of her car.

The woman, thinking something was not right, instead got back into her car and drove away.

“The Cranbrook RCMP wants to advise the public that there were no plain clothes officers out that night conducting road checks in that area. If there had been, they would have been readily identifiable by the production of their badge and identification card,” said Cpl. Pat Prefontaine.

The man was not wearing a uniform and did not produce identification. He is described as a Caucasian male in his mid 40s, six foot two inches tall, and he was wearing a dark hoodie and baseball cap. He was driving what is believed to be a 2008 Dodge Charger or similar vehicle.

“The Cranbrook RCMP would like to remind people that if they are approached by someone identifying themselves as a police officer, they should ask to see their badge and identification card which has a picture of the officer on it. This is especially important when the person is not in uniform. A call to your local detachment can easily remedy any identification issues,” said Cpl. Prefontaine

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or at www.cintek.com/crimestoppers.