DuPage Sheriff's Office Seeks Man Impersonating A Police Officer

Jennifer Keiper
June 05, 2019 - 1:47 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There is a warning for west suburban residents about someone ringing doorbells in the area and pretending to a police officer.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that they have an open investigation into a man impersonating a police officer.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a white man rang a doorbell of a residence in the area of Morningside Ave and High Lake Road in unincorporated West Chicago on the night of June 4.

Video of the suspect was recorded on residents' RING doorbell cameras. 

The man can be heard stating his name was Jeff Rushmore and identifying as an investigator with the Winfield Police Department. According to one of the videos, the man said he is investigating a missing person case.

There is no one by that name at the Winfield Police Department.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect has some type of police scanner or scanner app active on his cell phone, as well as a badge on his belt. The man had also attempted this ruse at multiple residences in Winfield and Wheaton.

Reports made to the other involved agencies report a dark colored sedan, possibly a Mazda, may be involved.

Sergeant Robert Harris with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office tells WBBM Newsradio, it's hard to say exactly what he's trying to do.

"We don't know if these are kind of bridgeway crimes where he's trying to build-up the courage to get into the house or what.  He hasn't asked to come in.  He has asked people to open the door.  He has told them various different ruses as to whey he's there and then quickly leaves the area," he said.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to watch the videos recorded on the RING doorbell camera. If you recognize this person, contact Detective Dave Chiesa at the Sheriff’s Office at 630-407-2364.

And Sergeant Harris said if someone matching this description shows up on your doorstep, call 911.