Authorities in Des Moines are concerned a thief or thieves may try to impersonate a police officer. Des Moines police have issued a warning for residents and motorists passing through the city to be wary of anyone wearing a police uniform without a badge or an officer’s utility belt.
That’s because two uniforms and a handgun were stolen from a police officer’s home on Wednesday. Des Moines police spokesperson Lori Lavorato says people should be aware that officers do not do traffic stops in unmarked cars. If there is an unmarked car involved, a marked car will be there too. The uniforms and gun were stolen from officer Chris Latchman, who was not at home at the time.
Police say whoever stole the items also fired the gun in Latchman’s home. A bullet was discovered lodged in a bedroom nightstand.