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BCPD warns of man claiming to be detective

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 22:36:40-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek police are warning people of a man who is calling local realtors and posing as a detective.

The caller contacted seven women, telling them he was Detective Todd Elliott. The detective sergeant has been with the agency for 20 years and currently runs the detective bureau.

Multiple women contacted the police department suspicious of the phone calls, telling investigators the man didn't sound like a cop.

"They fortunately thought it was a little strange and contacted us directly to verify this information," said Det. Sgt. Elliott.

Police say the caller tells the women he calls that they have legal trouble, are wanted on warrants or missed court. He told one woman he wanted to meet them to take care of the fake problem and made sexually suggestive comments to another.

"What it appears he is doing is trying to meet up with these women and that's whether to rob them or assault them.. whatever the case may be or just harass them," said Det. Sgt. Elliott. "That's a concern of ours is, why is this guy calling, trying to impersonate a police officer and meet unsuspecting women?"

Battle Creek police do not call people about warrants or other criminal matters like this, and the actual Detective Sgt. Elliott has not made these calls.

Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be Elliott or other police and are unsure can call 911 or 269-966-3322 to verify it.

Police are working to identify who the person make the fraudulent calls is. Tips on the suspect’s identity can be made by calling police at 269-781-0911 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.