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Wisconsin Coronavirus: First report of police impersonator false, according to Brown Co. Sheriff

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TUESDAY 3/31/2020 7:44 a.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the first reporter of a police imposter conducting a traffic stop to check the driver’s ‘Safer At Home’ paperwork was false.

According to authorities, the first report of a police imposter occurred on March 24, the day Governor Tony Evers announced his ‘Safer At Home’ order, aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. Under the order, Wisconsinites do not need any form of certification to show they are permitted to be traveling. Authorities are also not being asked to conduct random traffic stops to determine where a motorist is going.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reported a second report of a police imposter on the next day, but it was quickly found to be false.

After nearly 30 hours of investigating, the Sheriff’s Office says the person who reported the first police imposter admitted that their claim of being stopped was false.

“While we are glad there is not an impersonator out in our community, as always the response to help has been overwhelming by the media and citizens, thank you.  This is a serious job in a serious time, charges are being forwarded to the DA’s office.”

Report of second police impersonator false, says Brown County Sheriff

THURSDAY 3/26/2020 10:35 a.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says that, after further investigation, the second report of a police impersonator in Allouez was false.

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“Much like there are laws and penalties against impersonating a police officer, there are also laws and penalties against filing a false police report,” the Brown County Sheriff’s Office says.

Officials add that deputies are working incredibly hard to serve the community.

“Those who impersonate officers are making our jobs more difficult. Those who are reporting false crimes are taking our attention away from those who need it. Both are punishable and will be treated as such,” the Brown County Sheriff’s Office added.

Authorities continue to search for a man who reportedly pulled someone over to check the driver’s ‘Safer At Home’ status. The man, described as a white male in his 30s, was reportedly driving a dark blue or black Chevy Impala with no markings. The vehicle also had red and blue lights along the windshield.

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact authorities.

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Second report of officer impersonation in Brown County

WEDNESDAY 3/26/2020 5:30 p.m.

BROWN CO., Wis. (WFRV) – The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reports the second case of an officer impersonation on Wednesday.

According to police, the second officer impersonation incident happened in Allouez near a gas station.

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Officials say the suspect approached a woman on foot in the parking lot. The suspect was a man dressed in what appeared to be a brown officer type uniform saying he was with Brown County and demanded to see her employment paperwork.

The suspect is believed to be a white man in his late 30s early 40s that is clean-shaven.

Police say the suspect walked away toward a dark-colored vehicle in the alley that had two antennas on the trunk.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reminds the community that, “We are NOT doing compliance checks, so if you are contacted by someone claiming to be an officer and demanding to see your work papers, please contact your local authority.”

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Original Story: Brown Co. Sheriff looking for police impersonater who made ‘Safer At Home’ traffic stop, reminding public authorities won’t do that

WEDNESDAY 3/25/2020 9:58 a.m.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public that authorities will not be conducting traffic stops during Governor Tony Evers’ ‘Safer At Home’ after receiving a report on Tuesday that a man was impersonating an officer and conducting a traffic stop.

In a Wednesday morning Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened in the southern part of the county. Authorities say the suspect conducted a traffic stop to the ‘Safer At Home’ status of the driver. The man, described as a white male in his 30s, was reportedly driving a dark blue or black Chevy Impala with no markings. The vehicle also had red and blue lights along the windshield.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify the man. He was described as having a short, brown beard and was wearing a green uniform and black baseball cap with no insignia. The man also had a nameplate reading ‘Abraham,’ a mic clipped to the front of his shirt, and a clip light on his cap.

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Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the non-emergency number 920-391-7450 or Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP.

“A reminder, the Sheriff’s Office will not be conducting traffic stops for Safer at Home compliance checks,” Brown County Sheriff adds.

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