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Dave Bopp, President
Jim Blaszak, Vice President:
Fake cop tells tale, clears coffee shop
Told patrons that an officer had been shot nearby
The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for a man who pulled a bizarre stunt at a local coffee shop.
Police say about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man walked into The Sparrows coffee shop on Wealthy Street near Diamond Avenue SE.
He told everyone that he was a police officer. He also claimed an officer had been shot nearby and said everyone would have to leave. He offered to escort patrons to their cars.
Police say most people did leave the coffee shop.
Grand Rapids police were quickly able to account for all of their officers' safety. By the time they arrived at the scene, the man was gone. He never asked for money or threatened anyone.
GRPD Lt. Mark Ostpowicz Wednesday called the incident "odd."
The biggest question is what the man's motivation was -- he didn't get any money or even a free espresso -- and what else might he be capable of.
Anyone who was in the area at the time or saw anything is asked to contact GRPD at 616.456.3400.