Woman Wanted for Posing as Police Officer

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AMHERST, Ohio — Authorities are searching for a woman they say posed as an Amherst police officer and threatened to arrest a store clerk.

Amherst police received a call shortly before 10 p.m. October 18 from a Sunoco on 979 N. Leavitt Road saying a woman threatened to arrest a clerk if she didn’t exchange a pack of cigarettes.

The clerk says a man entered the store and bought a pack of cigarettes at approximately 9:35 p.m. When the man returned to the store a short time later and attempted to exchange them, the clerk told him store policy does not allow exchanges once an item leaves the store. The clerk then asked the man to leave the store, after which he claimed his wife was an Amherst police officer.

Police say the man’s wife entered the store a short time later and showed the clerk a badge, stating the clerk would be arrested if the cigarettes weren’t exchanged. The clerk told the woman she was going to call the police, and the woman replied she worked for the department. When the clerk began calling the police, the woman fled the store.

Police describe the woman’s vehicle as a silver Chrysler 300. The vehicle turned eastbound onto Cooper-Foster Road.

Police say anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Amherst Police Department.

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