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Wannabe Bounty Hunters Donning Tactical Vests and Token Badges to Deceive and Then Rob People on Highway Shoulders


Jun. 10 2023, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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Authorities in Tennessee are searching for two men believed to be posing as stranded bounty hunters and robbing people on the side of the road.

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office recently issued a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) for a man who attempted to rob a good Samaritan who stopped to help him, WMC reported.

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According to Sheriff Shannon Beasley, on June 5, a suspect wearing dark clothing and driving a dark-colored vehicle flagged down the victim and claimed to be a bounty hunter in need of help.

The suspect then shot the victim, who was able to drive to a hospital for help, the sheriff said.


A second similar incident occurred in Shelby County a day earlier, according to authorities.

In that case, two suspects robbed a victim at gunpoint and got away with a wallet and cell phone, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to officials, one suspect wore a tactical vest with a gold badge.

The two suspects were also driving a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu with a damaged windshield and tinted windows.


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