A thug assaulted and robbed two people by impersonating a police officer in Hamilton on early Monday morning. 

Just after midnight on Monday January 13, the robber pulled over two people within a Mercedes by Strathclyde park. 

The pair believed they were pulled over by a police car as a dark coloured SUV used blue and red lights to imitate an official vehicle. 

A man got out of the passenger seat of SUV and asked both occupants of the Mercedes to step out of the vehicle. 

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The thug assaulted the male passenger and stole the keys to the Mercedes, before returning to the SUV and making off with the keys. 

He is described as white, with blonde hair, stubble and glasses. There is no information on the appearance of the driver of the SUV. 

The suspect did not present any identification or a police warrant and police are warning the public that officers carry warrant cards which can prove their legitimacy. 

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Police are appealing for any information on the incident and are particularly looking for motorists that have dash cams that might have captured the incident. 

Detective Constable Gary Lipscombe said: "I’m aware that the circumstances of the crime will be of concern to the public, but rest assured we are working hard to identify the suspects. We are currently studying CCTV footage from the surrounding areas and are gathering more detail on the car used by the suspects.

“I would also like to remind the public that police officers carry warrant cards that can be produced on request.

“I am appealing to members of the public who may have been in and around Strathclyde Park, Hamilton area around the time of the incident. In particular, to motorists with dash cams, it’s possible you could have captured images which could assist our investigation, so please check your footage.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CID officers at Wishaw Police Station via 101, quoting incident number 0002 of January 13 2020. Alternatively, if you have any information please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.