Third blue light bandit case investigated


They said it happened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40, near Interstate 95. That is the same general area where a police impersonator has been pulling drivers over. It's happened three times in the past two weeks.

A 49-year-old Benson woman said she was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 near the rest area outside of Benson when she was pulled over.

The woman said she stopped for a black man driving a dark colored Ford Crown Victoria with a flashing blue light. He approached the woman's car, told her she was speeding and asked for her driver's license and registration.

The sheriff's department said the suspect walked back to his vehicle, then after a few moments, returned and handed the woman her license and registration, then left the scene. The woman was not robbed.

The suspect was described as approximately 5' 6" tall and 130 pounds wearing a tan shirt and black belt.

The incident could possibly be linked to a similar blue light bandit case on March 25 on I-40 near McGee's Crossroads. Another incident was reported on April 6, on I-95 near I-40. However, the suspect in that case was a white male driving a blue or green Chevy car. Both of those cases involved the robbery of the motorist.

Authorities say if you are being pulled over and have concerns it might not be a real law enforcement office, immediately slow down, turn on your emergency flashers, and call 911.

Tell the dispatcher your exact location and a description of your car and the vehicle attempting to stop you. Proceed to a well-lit area and following the dispatcher's instructions.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call (919) 989-5000.

With information from Mickey Lamm/WTSB Radio

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