A FAKE police officer who pulled over a motorcyclist, searched a stranger’s car and accosted members of the public in Sydney’s southwest has been arrested.
The 47-year-old man allegedly introduced himself as a police officer to a group of teenagers outside fast-food restaurant at Mount Annan about 7.30pm last Wednesday, and ordered them to move their vehicles.
It’s alleged the man demanded to see the teens’ identification and grabbed one of them by the arm before driving off in a Ford Ranger.
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Two hours later, about 9.20pm, the same man allegedly knocked on the door of a home on Corder Drive in Spring Farm and again, introduced himself to the residents as a police officer.
The man allegedly claimed he had to search a vehicle parked outside the home before doing so and leaving the scene.
A short time later, the man allegedly pulled over a 17-year-old boy riding a motorcycle on Springs Road.
Police said the man was travelling closely behind the boy in his Ford Ranger, flashing its high beams.
The man allegedly told the boy he had detected him speeding and followed him home.
When they arrived at the boy’s home, police said the man searched his bag and took a camera and his driver’s licence, before leaving.
Following investigations, the 47-year-old man attended Narellan Police Station the following day where he was arrested.
He has since been charged with three counts of impersonating a police officer and exercising powers/functions, and one each of larceny and common assault.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday, May 14.