Police: Two Surprisingly Polite Fake Cops Arrested and Robbed a Dallas Teen Last Night

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Police aren't exactly clear why a South Dallas 15-year-old without a license happened to be driving through Far North Dallas a half hour before midnight Thursday. Also not clear is how someone barely old enough to sack groceries part time came to be in possession of $1,000 in cash.

But none of that's really germane to the story. The teen, whose name isn't being released because he's a juvenile, told police he was traveling down Preston Road when, as he reached the intersection with Spring Valley, he saw flashing red-and-blue lights in his rear-view mirror. He dutifully pulled over.

The boy probably should have realized what was up when he noticed that neither of the men who approached his driver's side window had badges, just navy blue outfits that vaguely resembled police uniforms, but he didn't. Give the kid a break. Getting pulled over is nerve-wracking experience; doubly so when you're an underage novice driving without a license.

In any case, he handed over his ID card and stepped out of the car as directed, then put his hands behind his back when they told him he was under arrest. It was only after the handcuffs were on and the men were riffling through his pockets for his wallet and $1,000 that boy concluded that men weren't actually cops.

The fake officers at least had the decency to release the teen from custody without so much as a citation. "They handcuffed him and then they unhandcuffed him when they were done," Dallas police spokesman Sherri Jeffrey says. Then they handed back his ID and drove away.

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Obummer
Obummer

Yo go easi on muh bros; da just be ah unlicensed pharmacist.

GS1515
GS1515

Guy was a drug courier and a couple guys with flashing lights (easy to purchase) shook him down for the cash.  Now they have the drugs, and the cash.  Probably thinking that so long as no one is hurt, what 15 y.o. without a license from the South side is going to report a drug deal gone bad?  Sounds like an upper middle class shakedown.

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

Im going to go out on a limb here and guess it was Vic Mackey, or at least one of the members of the strike force.

NewsDog
NewsDog

The fact that the kid reported this to the real cops gives some credence that the money might be legit.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I suggest a different interpretation. Two cops see boy, take off their badges and shake him down? Why this kid? Ask the cops. Maybe they knew something. Maybe they were goofing around and got lucky.

mcreed80
mcreed80

I think I have a pretty good idea what a 15yo from South Dallas was doing in FND with $1,000. 

WylieH
WylieH

The boy probably should have realized what was up when he noticed that neither of the men who approached his driver's side window had badges, just navy blue outfits that vaguely resembled police uniforms, but he didn't.]

It's getting harder and harder to determine who the "real" police are, as many officers and departments have shown an increasing fondness for military style and/or informal apparel in recent years.  It seems that a growing number of police officers are dressing in non-traditional uniforms these days (although I understand that some of them wear their badges hanging off a chain draped around their necks.

.... as an aside, his story doesn't make much sense.  But, at the age of 15, his creative skills still have room for development.

afaienza2
afaienza2

@mcreed80 Please allow me to admit the atrocious error of my ways haha. Have a nice day. 

afaienza2
afaienza2

@mcreed80 Spring Valley and Preston isn't anything close to south Dallas.


ryan762
ryan762

@WylieH But we're all expected to know which are which immediately on sight (or even before when somebody just yells 'police').

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