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Crooks impersonating police pull over, rob driver

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

They had flashing lights, radios, badges and vests, but Metro police said two people who pulled a man over and robbed him were the furthest thing from real cops.

"It's very frustrating for us," said Sgt. Robert Weaver of the Fraternal Order of Police. "We want the citizens to know if they're being pulled over, they're being pulled over by a law enforcement officer."

At the FOP, it's an especially troubling case when crooks do their work presenting themselves as police. Metro police said that's exactly what happened on Murfreesboro Pike Monday night.

Seeing flashing blue lights inside a black Jeep Cherokee behind him, police said a victim pulled over to a Days Inn where a man and woman walked over wearing black sleeveless vests and badges around their necks. The two took the victim's keys and wallet back to their vehicle, stole all the money inside and sped away.

"While we have a lot of unmarked vehicles, those are not used primarily for traffic enforcement," said Weaver.

Weaver said the first signal something was wrong were the blue lights flashing inside the unmarked vehicle.

"Most of our vehicles are going to have numerous lights including in the headlights and above the visor," said Weaver. "Metro police officers have badges and patches on our vests. While we do have raid vests, those are not typically used for traffic enforcement."

Weaver added, the best thing to do when being pulled over by a questionable vehicle is to drive into a well-lit, well-traveled area and check. 

"They can call the police dispatcher and confirm they are a metro police officer," said Weaver. "They can confirm it's a police officer who's out at that stop."

The victim described the two crooks as a man and woman, both with tattoos from their elbows to their shoulders. The man is about 5'7 and has thin short blonde hair and is in his mid-30s. The woman is 6 ft., between 20 and 30, with blonde hair pulled back in a bun. The two were traveling in a mid-2000s black Jeep Cherokee.

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