Police ask for help finding a man they say impersonated an officer

Cody James Burton (Photo: Clearcreek Township Police)
Cody James Burton (Photo: Clearcreek Township Police)

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Clearcreek Township Police are warning you about a man they say is impersonating an officer.

Police say they received complaints on Sunday about a man in a dark green Chevrolet “Duramax” Pickup truck who claimed to be a police officer.

Around 5:00 Sunday afternoon the suspect stopped two motorcyclists on SR 48 in Clearcreek Township and told them he stopped them because they were speeding. One of the riders recognized Cody James Burton, who then told the victims he has done t his before.

Police released this photo from Burton’s Facebook page that they say shows what he may have looked like during this incident. (Photo: Clearcreek Township Police)
Police released this photo from Burton’s Facebook page that they say shows what he may have looked like during this incident. (Photo: Clearcreek Township Police)

According to police, Burton was wearing what was described as “tactical” gear, with a police-type vest, and was carrying a firearm in a  thigh holster.

The Clearcreek Township Division of Police currently has charges pending against Burton for Impersonating a Police Officer, Unlawful Restraint and Possession of Criminal Tools.

Police released two photos of Burton. One is from his Facebook page that shows what police say he may have looked when the incident occurred.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Clearcreek Township Division of Police at 937-425-2525.

Police also remind everyone that if you are ever stopped by anyone you suspect is not a police officer you may call 911 to report it immediately. Police say officers should be able to provide identification when asked.

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