Contact: Officer Tim Aycock
Public Information Officer
August 16, 2018
On Thursday, August 9, 2018, we received a report of a person who was believed to be impersonating a police officer. The victim said that while she was inside the Kangaroo station located at 100 E. John St., attempting to purchase cigarettes, a man made contact with her and said that he was a police investigator. This man was described as wearing a dark shirt, with no visible police badge or identification, dark tactical style pants and had a holstered handgun on his waistband in plain view. The victim said that she asked the man for identification two different times to prove that he was a police officer, which he refused to produce.
After further investigation, Detectives were able to identify the man as Mr. Patrick Heib (DOB – 12/13/1982). This case was presented to the Mecklenburg County Magistrate’s Office for review, in which an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Heib.
On Thursday, August 16, 2018, at approximately 2:04 p.m., Mr. Heib was taken into custody and transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail.
If you are ever in doubt that you are speaking to a real police officer, please ask them to produce proper identification. If you are getting pulled over while driving your car by what you think may not be a real police officer, immediately put on your four-way flashers (Hazard Lights), slow your speed, call 911 and give your location to the dispatcher. Please keep in mind that each agency has several different styles of uniforms, cars, markings and light equipment which may even include a totally unmarked car.
Law enforcement agencies are always concerned for public safety when someone is misrepresenting themselves. By impersonating an officer, someone could also put themselves at risk if they encounter a dangerous criminal.