A New Jersey man is accused of impersonating a police officer while pulling over a driver at a traffic light, then robbing him of thousands of dollars in cash.
Police in Brick said the suspect, 40-year-old Michael Vence, pulled up alongside a car stopped at a light on Cedarbridge Avenue on Jul 14, showed what appeared to be a police badge and said he was an officer.
Vence ordered the driver to pull over and then ordered him out of the car, and the driver complied, police said. Vence searched the driver and took $5,000 from his clothing, then fled.
He was arrested Tuesday on charges of impersonating a police officer and theft, and released on $20,000 bail.
During their investigation into the incident, detectives learned that Vence may have been operating an unlicensed taxi service catering to customers at a nightclub on Chambersbridge Road, police said. They're looking to speak to other potential victims and ask anyone with information to contact them at 732-262-1170.