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The Will County Sheriff’s Office warned residents that a man has been posing as a deputy claiming to enforce Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, police said.
Law enforcement agencies received three complaints about a man who claims he's a SWAT team member with the sheriff's office and has made unlawful traffic stops, according to the sheriff’s office.
In all three incidents, the suspect claimed he was hired by the sheriff’s office to enforce the stay-at-home policy and questions people about “where they are going and where they are coming from,” the sheriff’s office said.
“In one incident, he warned of a citation being written for $500 for violating the policy,” the sheriff’s office said.
After he spoke with the victims, he drove away, the sheriff’s office said. Two incidents were reported in Plainfield and one in southern Will County, the sheriff’s office said.
Sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Thursday afternoon that deputies have not found him.
The suspect wears a black shirt with the word SWAT on it, blue jeans and carries a silver-and-black handgun in his waistband, the sheriff’s office said. He drives a green Chevrolet Malibu with black rims and a stick-on strobe light near the windshield, the sheriff’s office said.
“The vehicle was also described as being ‘beat-up,’” the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office encourages residents who see the man’s vehicle to contact 911.
“Law enforcement agencies throughout the area have been notified of these incidents and are asking residents to report any sightings,” the sheriff’s office said.