Crime

July 24, 2014

Police: Fake officers gag, rob motorist along I-55

Illinois State Police are warning area travelers to be vigilant after a motorist told them that men impersonating cops pulled him over on Interstate 55 and robbed him.

The victim told police he was pulled over at about 10 p.m. Tuesday north of Litchfield by an SUV that had a flashing red light on the dashboard. When he stopped, three men wearing masks tied him up and gagged him at gunpoint, robbed him and left him in his car by the side of the road.

State police said, as of Thursday morning, they were following leads but no one has been arrested in relation to the case.

Police warned motorists who are suspicious of someone trying to pull them over should turn on their hazard lights, dial 911 and drive to a well-lit area like a convenience store or a shopping center where there are plenty of people around before pulling over.

The victim, who was bound with duct tape, said one of the suspects was wearing what appeared to be a police uniform without patches or a badge. He claimed the robbers got away with more than $5,000 in cash.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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