Police: Reported impersonator is officer in Fitchburg

Officer was investigating recent burglary
Police: Reported impersonator is officer in Fitchburg

Police said the man reported as a possible police impersonator is a Fitchburg officer.

The Madison Police Department said a 45-year-old Danville Drive homeowner reported a suspicious person claiming to be an MPD officer came to his door on Dec. 6 at about 10:30 p.m.

Police said Thursday that a Fitchburg police officer contacted the Madison department to say he was likely the officer who stopped by the Danville Drive home earlier this month.

The officer told police he was in full uniform and identified himself to the man, Madison police said. The officer was investigating a burglary that had taken place nearby in Fitchburg.

A Madison police news release Wednesday had said a man claiming to be an officer told the homeowner he was investigating a nearby home invasion and wanted to know if the resident had seen anything. MPD officials said there were no home invasions in the neighborhood at the time of the event, but there were recent burglaries in the area.

The man left when the homeowner said he had not seen anything that would help with a criminal investigation, according to the release. Authorities said there were no MPD officers in the area at the time of the incident.

The Fitchburg officer said the person who contacted Madison police was likely wary of him because the resident had been asleep and it was dark outside when the officer stopped by.