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Man posing as officer stops 2 cars

Hamburg police are searching for a suspect who used a red "gumball" light to conduct two traffic stops Monday morning while posing as an officer.

The suspect initiated the traffic stops between 4:30 and 4:45 a.m. in the Armor Duells area of Hamburg near the Orchard Park line, town police said.

During the traffic stops, the suspect approached the vehicles and asked drivers for their license and vehicle registration, police said. He then reportedly got back into his car and left the scene.

The man, who was reportedly driving a small, dark-colored SUV, was not dressed in uniform, and no siren was used during the traffic stops. He was described by witnesses as a white male in his early 20s, about 5-feet, 8-inches tall and between 160 and 200 pounds.

Town police said no local agency operates in such a fashion, and if a civilian is approached by an officer in plain clothes, the officer will display a badge and provide their name, rank and badge number upon request.

All traffic stops are immediately registered at police dispatch, and civilians may call 911 to verify the validity of the stop, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call Town of Hamburg police at 648-5111, Ext. 0, or the anonymous tip line at Ext. 2847.

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