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Driver of car with police-type lightbar suspected of impersonating officer, arrested in Anaheim

Police questioned a man driving a black BMW sedan with a police-style lightbar on its roof in Anaheim, and arrested him on suspicion of impersonating an officer Wednesday evening, Aug. 3.

Callers reported a suspicious vehicle “displaying activated, police-style emergency lights” near Euclid Street and Cerritos Avenue at about 8:30 p.m., Anaheim police said in a news release. The driver was identified as Richard Moore, 35, of Tustin.

Officers search a car with a police-style lightbar attached to its roof near the intersection of Euclid Street and Cerritos Avenue in Anaheim Wednesday evening, Aug. 3. The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a member of law enforcement. (Photo by OnScene TV)
Officers search a car with a police-style lightbar attached to its roof near the intersection of Euclid Street and Cerritos Avenue in Anaheim Wednesday evening, Aug. 3. The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a member of law enforcement. (Photo by OnScene TV)

He wore plainclothes and handcuffs as he was led to a curb and interviewed by officers in footage recorded that night by OnScene TV. Investigators described his behavior as suspicious during that conversation, Carringer said. He declined to go into detail about what was said.

Investigators believe Moore may have presented himself as a member of law enforcement to unsuspecting people, Carringer said. Anaheim police had not confirmed whether anyone had reported being stopped by someone who might not actually have been a member of an officer or deputy as of Thursday evening.

“It’s possible he may have victimized someone and they never even realized that he wasn’t actually an officer,” Carringer said.

Moore was booked on suspicion of possessing a leaded cane or baton in addition to the allegations or impersonating an officer announced by Anaheim police. They asked anyone who thinks they might have had an interaction with Moore to call Det. A. Pedroza at 714-765-1966, or their local law enforcement agency if that meeting happened outside of Anaheim.


Source: Orange County Register

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