Fake Cop Pulling People Over Near Tavistock

Oxford OPP are warning the public about a phony cop, who has been stopping people near Tavistock to check their "essential worker" status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

TAVISTOCK - Oxford OPP are warning the public about a man impersonating an OPP officer in Tavistock.

Police say the fake cop was stopping people to check their "essential worker" status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A driver reported she was stopped by an individual on Braemar Sideroad and Highway 59 near Tavistock during the first week of April, The suspect, who was wearing clothing resembling a police uniform, asked the driver about her essential worker status. The driver provided the information and the suspect left the scene.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-coloured sport utility vehicle equipped with a light bar with flashing red and blue lights.

Motorists who suspect they have been pulled over or confronted by a police impersonator should immediately call 911 to contact police. Do not get out of your vehicle. If possible, try to write down a description of the person, their vehicle and their license plate as soon as it is safe to do so.

Any individual convicted of the offence of personating a peace officer could be subject to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or, upon summary conviction, a maximum incarceration penalty of two years less a day and/or a $5,000 fine.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com, where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

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