Police are once again searching for the man who has been impersonating a cop.
James R. Eastwood, 40, was released from police custody on Jan. 14 after being charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, breaking and entering and trespassing.
Police arrested Eastwood on Jan. 13 because he matched the physical description of a man who was reportedly seen in the areas of East Gratten Street, Campbell Street, Mason Street, Liberty Street and West Water Street. Police received several complaints from residents about a man attempting to enter people’s homes by saying he was an undercover Harrisonburg police officer.
Police said Eastwood was identified by a witness and had items that matched the description of stolen items described by the victims, which led them to arrest him.
Officers were able to confirm that Eastwood was out of the area at the time of the incidents, which took place on Jan. 11 and 12. All of the charges against Eastwood have been dropped.
Police are continuing to search for the man who was posing as an undercover officer and entering homes. The suspect was described as a 5-foot-5-inch white man who is between 40 and 50 years old. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and beanie hat. Witnesses say he also has a tattoo on his neck.
Police said all Harrisonburg police officers carry badges and can identify themselves upon request.
The department encourages anyone with additional information to call Crime Stoppers at 540-574-5050.
— staff report