The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to be on the lookout for a man who reportedly impersonated a police officer on a local college campus.
According to the sheriff's office, a Lanier Technical College student notified an off-duty deputy Oct. 13 that he had been searched and cited by a man wearing a police-like uniform at about 6 p.m.
"A student was approached in the parking lot of Lanier Tech by a white male, believed to be in his 20s, wearing a polo shirt with a badge printed on it and BDU-style khaki pants," said Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten. "The victim believed the man's shirt stated he was from another county, possibly Lumpkin."
The suspect was described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with "a very large nose." According to Wooten, the suspect subjected the student to a "pat down" and removed tobacco products from his back pack.
"The suspect [then] took the student to his car, a white, unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, which was equipped with a computer and printer," Wooten said. "The suspect then printed out a false citation for tobacco on campus and told the student he was required to pay a $25 fine."
According to Wooten, the suspect said the citation would be sent to the Dawsonville Police Department, which doesn't exist. Once the student paid the fine, the suspect left.
Lanier Tech officials declined to comment on the matter.
The sheriff's office is continuing its investigation, but no further leads have come up, according to Wooten.
Anyone with information about the police imposter is asked to contact the Dawson County Sheriff's Office at (706) 344-3636 or corresponding law enforcement agency.