Highlands County, Florida -- In Highlands County, a search is underway for people who are posing as police officers, pulling cars over and robbing drivers.
Detectives say they have received two reports of incidents within the past week. In both cases, the victims saw vehicles with blue flashing lights similar to those on law enforcement vehicles. Once pulled over, they were forced to give the fake cops cash and valuables.
Police want to remind residents that if an unmarked car pulls you over and you're not sure if it's legitimate, follow these tips: drive to a well-lit, public location, call 911 and tell the dispatcher where you are. The dispatcher will be able to tell you if the car is part of law enforcement or not.
If you have been followed or stopped by an unmarked law enforcement vehicle and you have not reported it, please call the Highlands County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number, 863-402-7200 and make a report. Anyone with information as to who may be involved in this illegal activity may contact Detective Hank Smith of the Criminal Investigations Unit at 863-402-7382 or 863-402-7250.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), contact us on the Internet at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed!