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Police impersonator reported in purse snatch

***Updated Aug. 21***

Police have released a sketch and description of a man impersonating a Woodburn Police officer Saturday night.

A 58-year-old Woodburn resident reported to police that she was stopped by what she believed to be a police officer at 11:19 p.m. Aug. 17 while she was traveling southbound on North Pacific Highway near Industrial Avenue in Woodburn. The suspect's car was a dark sedan, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, with a red light on the roof of the car by the passenger side and a blue light on the driver's side. The victim said the vehicle did not have its headlights on but she pulled over when she heard several quick beeps and saw the red and blue lights.by: COURTESY OF WOODBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police are looking a man depicted in this sketch who allegedly posed as a police officer and stole a Woodburn resident's purse Saturday night.

The suspect asked the victim for her license and registration, and when she reached over to her glove box, the suspect stole her purse, which she had set on the steering wheel. He then drove off.

The victim said there was some cash in the purse. She was not injured.

“What we know for sure is that no patrol cars were in the area at the time she got pulled over,” said Jason Horton, spokesman for the city. “We know it wasn’t one of our cars. We are still trying to connect the dots.”

The suspect is described as a white adult male, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 in height, weighing around 185 pounds and light blond hair that was short but stuck out from under the sides of his dark-colored hat. The victim guessed he was in his mid- to late-30s and said the suspect was wearing cover-up makeup to darken his skin tone. She noted he had a scruffy beard with makeup stuck to portions of it.

The uniform he was wearing was dark-colored, with short sleeves and light-striped pants. The shirt had the name "Jaime" embroidered above the left pocket, a round, shiny, silver patch on the right shoulder, almost looking like a sticker, according to the victim. She also described the suspect as wearing a dark-colored belt with a black pistol and several pouches on it that didn't appear to be the type worn by police officers.

Police released a sketch Wednesday.

"While our patrol officers are easily recognized by our dark blue uniforms, badge and shoulder patches, we do have officers that work in plainclothes assignments that drive unmarked vehicles," wrote Capt. Doug Garrett in a statement. "These officers go to great lengths to identify themselves when making contact with you, the citizens of Woodburn. We take pride in the trust that the city of Woodburn has in us and work hard to maintain it."

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call Officer Linda Hedricks at 503-982-2345 ext. 355.



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