The Turlock Police Department is warning the
community to be on alert for a burglary suspect posing as a law enforcement
officer using equipment taken during a home break-in earlier this month.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be confronted.
The burglary happened at a home in the northeast section on Turlock sometime between May 3 and 7. During the burglary items stolen included two bullet proof vests with Velcro removable patches that read “Sheriff,” “DEA” and “Police,” a black Kevlar helmet, two handguns, and a rifle, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
Since the burglary the suspect has been wearing some of the items while seemingly looking for vehicles to burglarize.
Around 1 a.m. May 8, a suspicious person was observed on a surveillance camera checking for unlocked vehicles in the 4000 block of N. Berkeley Avenue. This subject was wearing a bullet proof vest with “Sheriff” on the front and back, along with a green uniform shirt and green hat.
At 12:38 a.m. May 10, the same subject was observed on another surveillance camera in the 1800 block of Alex Way. The male subject was again observed wearing the same bullet proof vest and a green uniform shirt.
There have been no additional reports of someone impersonating a law enforcement officer in Turlock. If a member of the public is unsure that they are being contacted by a legitimate law enforcement officer, they can call 9-1-1 to report the activity. A Turlock Police Department dispatcher will be able to verify if the contact is being conducted by a Turlock Police Officer. Citizens may also ask to see the officer’s police identification.
Citizens are reminded that it is a good idea to use outside lighting at night to prevent people from hiding in the shadows and to always remove valuable items from a vehicle and lock the doors. Having an audible alarm system installed on a vehicle and the house may also dissuade someone from burglarizing the property.
If the subject is observed, do not approach him. From a safe location, call 9-1-1 to notify the Turlock Police Department.
The Turlock Police Department is asking anyone with information about the identity of the suspect to contact Turlock Police Dispatch at (209) 668-1200. Anyone who may have the suspect on video is encouraged to call Crime Analyst Deandra Wiley at (209) 664-7329. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can remain anonymous.