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Oconto County investigating report of fake first responder pulling cars over

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 11:51:10-04

OCONTO COUNTY (NBC 26) -- Authorities are trying to identify someone accused of impersonating a first responder and pulling vehicles over.

The Oconto County Sheriff's Office said it received a report of a suspicious truck on Friday with an amber strobe light on top that was stopping cars and attempting to get driver information. The suspect was seen wearing a yellow traffic safety vest.

The suspicious vehicle was spotted on County Road J at Molitor Road in the Town of Lena at around 9pm Friday.

Based on the information received, the sheriff's office said this person appears to be impersonating a firefighter or other first responder. This incident appears to be isolated, and the sheriff's office is seeking the public’s help in obtaining photographs and eye-witness statements.

In addition to the amber strobe light, the truck in question was described as being dark in color, with a ratchet strap holding the bumper on and missing front grill.

The suspect was described as a man between 25 to 30 years old, with a beard and glasses, and wearing jeans, along with the traffic vest.

Anyone who may know something about this case is asked to contact the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office at 920-834-6900, option 1 for dispatch, and speak with the on duty shift supervisor in reference to Incident No. 20-012304 to provide additional information.

If you feel you are being followed and your safety is in danger, authorities advise you to call 911 right away, or when it's safe to do so, and provide dispatchers with your location, direction of travel, and suspect information.