RANDOLPH (CBS) — Randolph police are looking for a police impersonator who allegedly approached a 12-year-old boy near a school playground on Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. in front of the Donovan School.READ MORE: At-Home Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing Gaining Popularity Ahead Of Holidays
A man was sitting in a black sedan with tinted windows in front of the school near the playground, according to the Randolph Police Department Facebook page.
When the boy walked toward the playground, the man got out of his car and told him “This is a high drug area and I need to search your backpack,” police say.
The boy agreed to the search, and then searched his backpack while the alleged officer watched.
The man did not make contact with the boy.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and 200 pounds, clean shaven, with black hair.READ MORE: 'This Is What Really Matters': Patriots TE Jonnu Smith Spreads Joy At Boys And Girls Club In Dorchester
He was also wearing sunglasses, a black shirt, tan pants, and a tan or brown jacket.
The impersonator had a police-style radio, which investigators say could be a handheld scanner.
The child told police that he didn’t see the man carrying a badge or gun.
Police say they have stepped up patrols in the area and also at all playground and recreation areas in town.
Area police departments have been notified.MORE NEWS: Families Being Forced Out Of Malden Apartments By Charter School That Purchased Building
Anyone with information is asked to call Randolph police at (781) 963-1212.