Police are urging the public to be vigilant after a man impersonated a police officer in Nowra this week.
About 8pm on Wednesday, September 12, a 22-year-old man pulled over his vehicle on Morschels Avenue, North Nowra.
While seated in his vehicle, he was approached by a man claiming to be a police officer who then ordered him to get out of the car.
The driver complied and the man stole his shoes, phone and cash before leaving the scene in a blue sedan.
Officers from South Coast Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.
Investigators wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
He has been described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, between 175cm-178cm tall, of a solid build, aged in his mid-40s, and short black hair.
Anyone with information is urged to contact South Coast Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police advise the community to take heed of the following advice if they susepct a person is impersonating a police officer:
- Always ask for official police identification. A police officer's badge will have a coloured backing and have a separate photo identification card.
- If you suspect someone is impersonating a police officer, contact the police station the officer belongs to in order to verify their identity.
- Always source the phone number independently rather than calling a number provided by suspicious individuals. People can also call verified police phone numbers, such as the Police Assistance Line (131 444), Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or of course Triple Zero (000) in case of an emergency.
- Any officers executing a search warrant should provide you with a copy of the warrant outlining all the details, including your rights. Search warrants will always be videotaped and an independent officer will be present; any concerns should be directed towards the independent officer.
- Always look for the officer's arms and appointments. All officers should be in possession of a police radio.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence.
The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.