Police are warning Ontarians of a break-in that has left a suspect with a real police badge. On Monday morning, a badge and police credentials were stolen from a vehicle. An investigation was launched by Waterloo police service, who is warning residents to call 911 if they feel someone is misusing a badge.
In a press release, Waterloo police stated that around 8 a.m. on Monday a rock was thrown through a car window in Cambridge.
The suspect stole a purse as well as a Waterloo Regional Police badge and credentials.
“This included a warrant card that identifies the officer. Police would like to speak with a male who was seen in the area at the time,” the release states.
The male suspect is being described as in his 20s with dark hair that is “short on the sides and slicked back.”
The man, who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and grey pants, was reportedly spotted driving a dark coloured Nissan or Infiniti.
Police are also reminding residents who believe someone is misusing a police badge to ask for additional identification or call 911.
Con't to investigate the theft of a WRPS badge. Looking to speak with a male seen in the area at the time. Desp: wh… https://t.co/aHlU7Mz8m7— Waterloo Regional Police (@Waterloo Regional Police)1594673493.0
Anyone who has any further information on the case should contact the police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Although it is unclear what the person intends to do with the badge at the moment, cases of police impersonation have been popping up recently.
Back in April, York Regional Police released a statement cautioning residents to beware of fake officers asking people to pay for a social distancing ticket right away.
Police warned that the scammers were taking advantage of COVID-19 and that no officer would ever demand payment for these fines.
Last year, Toronto Police also warned of scammers posing as them in an attempt to steal residents' credit card numbers.
Police warn not to give any personal information, including your social insurance number over the phone.