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Calgary Police Impersonators Accused Of Pulling Over Victims To Rob Them

10/26/2015 02:27 EDT | Updated 11/13/2015 04:59 EST
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UPDATE - Nov. 13, 2015: Police have charged two men for impersonating police.

Matthew Owen Osberg, age 20, and Tyler Lance Sanderson, age 24, both of Calgary, are each charged with two counts of falsely representing themselves to be a peace officer, one count of extortion and one count of robbery.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Men posing as Calgary police officers allegedly pulled over vehicles in the city and robbed their occupants.

On Saturday, three vehicles were pulled over by a car with a flashing strobe light, according to a news release from the Calgary police.

Once the victims had stopped, men came out of the fake police car, and demanded money from them. In the last incident, the victim was pulled out of his car and was allegedly assaulted and robbed.

Police were able to track down the suspect car at a home, and took three people into custody. Investigators confirmed the vehicle had flashing lights.

While the law requires that drivers pull over when approached by a police vehicle with flashing lights, the force says people should keep in mind:

  • The majority of traffic stops are conducted either by marked vehicles or unmarked vehicles with police officers dressed in full uniform.
  • A marked Calgary Police Service vehicle is always equipped with red and blue lights on top, which will always be activated during a traffic stop.
  • A plain-clothes officer may conduct a traffic stop in an unmarked vehicle, using a red and blue strobe light. The light will be located either inside the grill, or inside the vehicle itself.
  • If a driver is unsure about the vehicle pulling them over, they should call 911.
  • Police officers are required to carry ID at all times, and drivers can ask to see that ID.
  • Drivers should not exit their vehicle during a traffic stop, unless they're asked to do so by the officer.
  • When conducting a traffic stop, police will usually approach the vehicle and identify themselves as a member of the police service.

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