MPD: Man wanted for impersonating officer at mall

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for a person who they say might have impersonated a Memphis police officer at the Wolfchase Galleria on Jan. 31.

Officers were told a male suspect went into the Wolfchase Dillard’s wearing a black protective vest with “police” written on the back and “MPD” on the front. MPD said the vest he had on is not the only issue. He was also wearing blue rubber gloves.

The suspect walked into the store and noticed security watching him, and he immediately left.

Image from surveillance footage

He was described as a black male with facial hair and around 6-feet tall.

“I guess in order not to prejudge, I don’t have a problem with it,” Ken Nygaard said.

He says he doesn’t care about the vest if it’s just a normal piece of clothing for the guy. It’s not a crime to wear something like that unless you’re actually trying to impersonate an officer.

“It doesn’t look very real at all to me. I don’t think it looks real,” Rachel Tatum said.

The man faces a criminal impersonation charge if he’s found and police determine he was actually trying to pass himself off as a cop.

“That could cost you a little money and some jail time. So, he’s taking a big risk if that’s what he’s doing,” Nygaard said.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

WREG will update if we receive more information.

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