Pull over, it's the fake police
A THIEF who stole a car at knife point in Tweed Heads is believed to be using it just across the border to impersonate police.
Queensland Police yesterday warned of five incidents on the southern Gold Coast where motorists were pulled over by a 2007 blue Audi displaying flashing red and blue light.
The Audi was confirmed by a NSW Police spokesman as the same car stolen in an armed car-jacking from Centro Tweed carpark last Wednesday.
Police said there had been five incidents of the police impersonator, including Sunday night in the Currumbin Valley and on the M1 at Elanora and Monday at Elanora, Tugun and Palm Beach.
Sometimes the man approached the driver of the pulled-over vehicle and asked for documentation such as a driver’s licence.
No-one was injured during any of the incidents.
Police are urging anyone who may have been stopped by an unmarked vehicle displaying red and blue flashing lights or by a vehicle of a similar description to contact them.
Gold Coast detectives yesterday released an image of the man believed to be driving the stolen Audi.
They are also trying to speak to him in relation to several armed robberies at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
The man, in his mid-20s, has a distinctive tattoo on his neck saying "Life", is about 172cm tall, of proportionate build, with cropped dark hair.
Members of the public are advised not to approach him.
The car has NSW registration BIP 12W.
Anyone who has information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or police on 131 444.
A couple was returning to their car about 5.55pm on Wednesday when they were confronted by a man armed with a long-bladed knife. He threatened them and demanded the keys to their car.
A NSW Police spokesman said investigators were unable to secure closed circuit television footage of the man.
“Detectives are still following lines of inquiries,” he said. Police yesterday urged people to be alert and if they suspect an unmarked car trying to pull them over is not police to contact their nearest station, If they fear for their safety they should call Triple Zero (000), to verify the identity of the vehicle or the person.
Should a motorist find themselves in this situation, police advise them to stop at a place they feel safe, such as a well-lit area, but keep their doors locked and windows closed and request to see the person’s police identification.
All on-duty police officers, whether in plain clothes or uniform, are required to carry official identification, comprising a metal badge and an identification card, complete with the officer’s name, registered number and photograph.
A member of the public may ask to view an officer’s identification to verify their credentials and can contact a police station to verify any officer’s details.