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Man poses as police officer & steals car in Bucks

It happened on the M40 on Friday morning.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:17pm 15th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Man poses as police officer & steals car in Bucks

A car has been stolen from right in front of the owner on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

Police have released an e-fit of the thief after the incident last week.

Here's what happened:

  • At around 5am on Friday (10/1) the victim and a friend were driving along the M40 between junctions 2 and 1a towards the M25
  • They became aware of a car with blue flashing lights behind them
  • So they pulled over onto the hard shoulder and the car pulled over behind them
  • A man got out of the car and approached the victim’s car window
  • He told the victim that he was a police officer, asked a number of questions and asked them both to get out of the car
  • But when they got out of their car, the man got into the driver’s seat of their car and drove off.
  • The car behind then drove off as well


The M40 heading towards the M25 at Beaconsfield

The victim’s car is a black Volkswagen Golf.

The offender’s car is described as a black Seat Cupra estate.

The offender, depicted in the e-fit, is described as a white man, aged 27-35-years-old. He is about 5ft 7ins tall, of an average build, baby-faced and spoke with a southern accent.

He was wearing grey tracksuit top and bottoms and a black baseball cap.

Detective Constable Mark Banham, based at Amersham police station, said:

“I am appealing for anyone who recognises the man depicted in this e-fit to come forward. Also, if you think you may have seen this incident or have dash-cam footage from around this time around junctions 2 and 1a of the M40 to get in touch.

“You can contact us using our online form or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43200010018. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Incidents like this are incredibly rare. If you have any doubt about someone who identifies themselves to you as a police officer, you can always ask to see their warrant card. All officers, including covert officers, will carry their warrant card with them.

"Their warrant card will display their photograph, name and shoulder number and will include a hologram of the force crest and the signature of the Chief Constable. You can also call 101 and give the officer’s shoulder number or name to the call handler and they will be able to confirm the officer’s identity.”

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