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Woman encounters phony cop in Turlock

POSTED September 12, 2017 1:42 p.m.

A man tried to lure a woman into his vehicle by claiming to be a police officer in Turlock, though the woman was unconvinced at his attempt and contacted the real police.

The suspicious incident was reported just after midnight Monday.

The woman was walking in the area of W. Main Street and N. Soderquist Road when a dark colored pickup with a camper shell pulled up alongside her, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The driver told the woman he was a police officer and told her to get in the pickup truck with him and help him search the area for a male subject in the area.

The woman said the man provided her with a number that he said was his badge number, but she was unconvinced of his authenticity and left the area quickly.

The woman reported the encounter to the Turlock Police Department, stating the man had last been seen driving north on Soderquist away from Main.

The man was described as a Hispanic or white adult in his 30s to 40s. He was wearing a blue and white checkered shirt.

The woman was given a ride to her residence in Ceres because she had no other transportation.

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