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January 4, 2004

Thomasville - Early Sunday morning, Willie McCormick was driving on Cassidy road in Thomasville, when a black car with a flashing blue light pulled him over.

Sgt. Rachelle Denmark with the Thomasville Police Department says, "The victim stopped. At that point in time, two men got out of the car, wearing ski masks and robbed the victim."

McCormick was not able to give police a description of the suspects, but there are some tips to make sure you aren't fooled by them. First, if you are stopped in an isolated area, and don't feel safe, continue driving to a more populated area.

Denmark says, "Because it's a dark desolate area, move to a well-lit area, with more population, and don't give any indication to the person in the unmarked car that you are trying to run."

Pay close attention to the car pulling you over. When you're stopped in the state of Georgia for a traffic-related offense, the vehicle stopping you, must have lettering four inches or larger to distinguish it as a law enforcement vehicle, also, the lights from the lights from the vehicle must be visible from 500 feet away.

But there are some exceptions: Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol are allowed to work traffic in some circumstances with an unmarked vehicle, and if you are a felon or a drug user, you can be stopped by unmarked vehicle as well.

If you believe someone who is not a law enforcement officer is trying to pull you over, simply dial 911, and tell the operator your situation. He can tell you if the officer is legit, or send someone to investigate. It is illegal to have a blue light in your car, and to impersonate a police officer.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Thomasville police tip line at 229-227-3305.

posted at 4:39 PM by karen.collier@walb.com