Greystone residents address crime concerns

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HOOVER, Ala., (WIAT) — Greystone residents held a neighborhood safety meeting Monday night at The Founders Club to discuss relevant safety issues.

The meeting gave community members a chance to come together to talk about issues like personal safety and home security. Hoover police officer, Brian Hale, was the speaker and discussed what residents can do if someone impersonates a police officer.

“If you have any doubts, the easiest thing to do is pick up your cell phone and call 911,” Hale said.

This comes after Hoover Police responded to two reports, two hours apart, about a possible police impersonator back in July. However, they were unable to locate the suspect until after the second call at 12:19 a.m.

The woman who filed the report told officers that a black SUV with flashing red and blue lights forced her stop on Greystone Way. She told police she was certain the man, who had produced a badge, was not a police officer. She drove away and called 911.

Responding officers located a black GMC Yukon with a male driver matching the woman’s description on Greystone Way near Linkside Drive. Inside the car, officers found a red and blue dash light, three firearms, a Drug Enforcement Administration hat and three fake badges.

The driver, James Andrew Gray, was taken into custody and booked into the Hoover City Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The meeting wrapped up around 8 p.m.

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