The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office reported that there have been more reports of someone impersonating law enforcement officers in southeastern Minnesota.
The latest incidents occurred later Saturday and early Sunday along Interstate 35 near Ellendale. The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies assisted the Steele County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol with the incidents.
The first occurred in a parking lot where a man reported an older Dodge Durango pulling up to him. The driver was described as around 30 years old with dark hair and a medium build. He allegedly identified himself as an Iowa deputy but the man stated that he did not feel comfortable and called 911. The driver then left before law enforcement could arrive.
About 90 minutes later, a motorist reported seeing the same vehicle with flashing red, white, and blue lights in the front window pulling someone else over about two miles south of Ellendale.
The Rochester Police Department reported an incident from February 28 of someone pretending to be one of its officers and stated that a similar incident occurred with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office a short time later.
If you have encountered this type of situation or know of someone who matches the description mentioned earlier, you are asked to please contact the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.