CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Christiansburg Police Department issued an update Tuesday afternoon about the police impersonation cases that have stirred up attention across the region, saying the two most recent cases were cleared as “unfounded.”
According to police, as of Tuesday, April 13, they have received four calls of motorists being stopped in Christiansburg by someone pretending to be law enforcement.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the department provided clarity on the two most recent cases, which were deemed unfounded because the investigations showed the reported incidents never actually occurred:
“One case, involved a juvenile who reported having been stopped in front of a local business. Surveillance video captured from a nearby security camera confirmed that while the driver did pass by the location at the reported time, the driver was never stopped, and no other cars passed by the location for several minutes after the complainant. Because the case involved a juvenile, we cannot release further details about the final case disposition other than to say criminal charges will not be filed in this instance.
The most recent case reported was also cleared as unfounded after the complaining witness confessed to detectives that the story was fabricated and that the incident never occurred. That motorist is an adult and has been charged with filing a false police report. We are not releasing further details about motive or intentions since the criminal case is still pending.”Christiansburg Police Department Facebook page
Police say that reports of people impersonating law enforcement can encourage copy-cat reports, which can divert time and resources away from actual cases needing immediate attention.
“However, the fact that some of these reports have been false does not change the fact that we continue to devote extensive investigative and patrol resources to the unsolved cases and will continue to do so in an effort to ensure that motorists are safe on the highways and streets in Christiansburg,” the Christiansburg Police Department said.
Last week, Virginia State Police determined another case of police impersonation in Botetourt County was unfounded after the person who reported the incident confessed to fabricating the report.