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Police impersonator targets women in Lehigh Valley

A police impersonator has targeted women in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Authorities are searching for a man pretending to be in an unmarked police car. He pulled over two women in just matter of days. The first incident happened Thursday, January 26 on South Mountain Drive in Lower Saucon Township. The second incident happened Saturday, January 28 in the 2900 block of Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall Township. Police said they believe it's the same man who stopped both women.

​On January 28, police said the man was driving a black, unmarked vehicle with tinted windows, a spotlight on the driver's side and red and blue emergency lights on the dashboard. On January 26, police said the man was driving a white unmarked SUV with emergency lights on the dashboard and a Pennsylvania registration plate.

The impersonator is described as a white man in his early 30s with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing blue pants and a blue or black long sleeve shirt, with a badge and patch on the sleeve.

Investigators said the police impersonator in South Whitehall approached the woman's vehicle and asked for her driver's license. During the conversation, she said she was calling 911. The man then returned to his car and drove off.

In Lower Saucon, the impersonator approached another woman's vehicle and told her she had a brake light out. The woman then pointed out that the man's SUV had a head light out. The man then looked back at his vehicle and said "we're even" before he returned to his vehicle and sped off.

"Last year, we had an incident in Bethlehem," said the city's police chief, Mark Diluzio.

Diluzio said it's a problem police departments deal with now and again. He has this advice if something about a traffic stop doesn't seem right.

"Put your flashers on, get on your phone  dial 911 and listen to the directions of the dispatcher," said Diluzio. "Just tell them your concern."

If you don't have your cell phone, turn on your flashers and drive to a well-lit public area with cameras, like a convenience store or fast-food restaurant parking lot.

Bethlehem police Sgt. Darren Henning said real police officers drive in clearly marked police cars, wear a full police uniform and carry ID.

"If you get pulled over by a state police officer in Pennsylvania, they have red and blue lights, said Henning.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact South Whitehall or Lower Saucon police.

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