‘Undercover police’ take teenage driver’s car
10:00am Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
CONMEN posing as undercover police officers stole a teenager’s car.
The 18-year-old was waiting in his vehicle in a car park near to Blackrod train station, in Station Road, at 8pm on Tuesday when he was approached by two men.
He was talking on his phone when the men appeared at either side of his car, and one of them tapped on the driver’s side window.
They told them they were undercover police officers and flashed a badge at him. The teenager was asked to get out of the car, and the “officers” said they wanted to search the vehicle.
They asked him to hand over his keys so they could check the boot, but as soon as he did, the pair jumped in the vehicle and drove off. The car, a white Seat Ibiza, registration DG62 UHM, is still missing.
Police warned drivers about the con and also reported the incident on Facebook and Twitter to spread the message. Some Tweeted their fears over the incident and asked how they could identify genuine police officers A police spokesman said: “Genuine police officers always carry a warrant card to prove their identity.
The card has a photo of the officer, the officer’s name and also their warrant number. It also carries the GMP logo and the signature of the chief constable.
“If a member of the public is uncertain about the validity of the identification they should contact police and verify the officer’s warrant number. You can verify they are an officer by calling 101 and passing the details over to the communications officer who will in turn speak to the officer via their radio while you are on the phone.”
Anyone with information about the stolen car can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.