Police search for fake cop who pulled over motorcyclists

Man impersonating cop on the loose (VIDEO)
Cody James Burton (PHOTO: Clearcreek Township Police/Provided)
Cody James Burton (PHOTO: Clearcreek Township Police/Provided)

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Police are searching for a Clearcreek Township man claiming to be a police officer who was last seen wearing "tactical" gear, a police type vest and carrying a firearm in a thigh holster.

Authorities said they received a complaint that two motorcyclists had been stopped Sunday afternoon by Cody James Burton, who was in a dark Chevrolet "Duramax" pickup truck on State Route 48.

Burton told the victims, Maxx and Joey, that he was stopping them because they had been speeding.

Maxx told FOX19 NOW that Burton asked for their license and went back to his vehicle, keeping them there for 30 minutes. When Burton came back, Maxx noticed something odd.

"He wasn't wearing a badge which was weird it just said police it didn't have a badge," said Maxx. "I asked where are you out of he said Hamilton County he was on a special task force."

Police said Burton told the victims he had done this before.

"Once he got through trying to be the cop thing he said oh yeah I do this to try and pick up girls," claimed Joey.

There are currently pending charges against Burton for Impersonating a police officer, unlawful restraint, and possession of criminal tools.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call 937-425-2525.

The Clearcreek Township Division of Police also want to remind everyone that if you are ever stopped by anyone who you suspect is not a police officer, you may call 911 to report it immediately. The dispatcher can confirm whether the person is a police officer or send help if they are not.

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