• Daily Leader staff report
A local scam artist has tried to convince a resident he was with law enforcement. He was not, according to Liberal Police Department Capt. Patrick McClurg.
“The Liberal Police Department is investigating an apparent scheme that occurred in the early morning hours on Sept. 28,” McClurg noted in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
“On (Monday), at about 4:30 a.m., a male caller phoned a residence in the 200 block of West Spruce claiming to be a Liberal Police Officer.
The caller told the resident that the house was being broken into and to leave the residence. The caller sounded surprised when the resident offered to get her husband and disconnected the call,”
“The Liberal Police Department has determined the incident was a scheme and law enforcement personnel were not involved in the contact,” McClurg explained.
“Citizens are reminded that all law enforcement officers are issued credentials for official identification. Badges are not an official means of identification. If you have any suspicion that the person is not a law enforcement officer, you should request their credentials to confirm their identity and the agency employing them.
“If you have had a similar experience, you should call the Liberal Police Department to make a report at 626-0150 or the Crime Hotline at 624-4000,” McClurg concluded.