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Chesterfield Police warning about impersonators

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield Police are investigating two men for impersonating police officers. This after two incidents in just a month.

One of the incidents happened right at the intersection of Centralia and Salem Church Road. As the victim was waiting for the traffic light, police say the impersonator came up behind the car. It happened around 10pm at night at the end of August.

Police say the suspect stopped behind the car of the victim, walked up to the side of the car, identified himself as a police officer, showed a gun, and demanded money.

Police then say the victim told the suspect he didn't have any money and the impersonator just walked away. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

This past week, not far away on Iron Bridge Road, there was another incident in what police are calling a separate and unrelated crime.

The victim decided to meet someone to from Craigslist to exchange items. During that exchange, the victim says the other man claimed to be a police officer from another jurisdiction. The other person called police.

No one was hurt in either incident, but police say falsely claiming to be a police officer is still against the law. And a crime that can have severe crime fighting consequences.

" Anytime anyone does impersonate a police officer it is a crime and we take it very seriously because we want people to be able to trust that we are who we are," said Corporal Scott Gordon, with the Chesterfield Police Department Crime Prevention Section.

In the case on Centralia, near Salem Church, police say the suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old with a thin build. He had short black hair, a mustache and was wearing a white polo shirt and black dress pants. He was driving a white vehicle.

There is no suspect description at the gas station impersonation case.

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