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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. May 8 2013 Henrico police have arrested a Chester after they say he flashed a badge while negotiating several prostitution deals.
East Hampton NY May 5 2013 Harry Dalian visited the John M. Marshall Elementary School on Thursday out of concern for the safety of his daughter and other students, according to his attorney Edward Burke Jr.
Police allege Dalian, 36, improperly identified himself as a New York City police officer and showed his badge and an ID that he reported stolen when he left the job in 2006.
However, Burke said his client was concerned about an open or unlocked door that was discovered at the elementary school during school hours and recent studies on school safety.
Dalian was arraigned before East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill on two misdemeanor charges of second-degree criminal impersonation and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property on Friday afternoon and released on his own recognizance.
Burke said after Dalian had misplaced his badge and was issued another when he was working as a police officer between 2004 and 2006, and then found the lost one.
Dalian, who owns SPC Inc., a computer consulting business, has lived at his current address with his wife for the past six years, Burke told the judge.
After he was released, he hugged his 2-year-old son and his wife, who were seated in the courtroom along with his mother. They were relieved Dalian was coming home that night.
Dalian was arrested on Friday morning. Police found a loaded 9mm hand gun on him at the time. He has a permit for nine hand guns, all of which are properly registered. They have been confiscated due to the pending charges.
Burke said Dalian has cooperated fully with police, and has no prior involvement with this side of the criminal justice system.
He is due back in court on June 13.
Previously, 3:30 p.m.: A former police officer living in East Hampton was arrested Friday morning and charged with criminally impersonating a police officer after a suspicious visit to the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton Village one day earlier.
At the time of his arrest, the 36-year-old was armed with a fully loaded 9mm hand gun, legal under the permit he holds, according to police.
Sergeant Gregory J. Brown was showing Detective Steven B. Sheades, who is the new school resource officer, a position added earlier this year at the request of the PTA — when Dalian introduced himself to them as a New York City police officer. He had just met with the principal regarding “security concerns” he had, according to Chief Jerry Larsen.
Something about the encounter didn’t sit right with the officers, Larsen said.
Sheades investigated further and found that Dalian served as a New York City Police Department from 2004 to 2006, but quit for personal reasons, police said.
The badge and ID that he had shown the officers at the school were items he had reported stolen or lost in 2006, according to Larsen. They have been recovered.
Police arrested him on Friday, charging him with second-degree criminal impersonation and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He will be arraigned at East Hampton Town Justice Court Friday afternoon.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has since suspended Dalian’s gun permit and confiscated nine handguns — all of which he was legally allowed to possess under his permit.
The school has banned him from the property, according to the chief.
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San Antonio TX May 4 2013 When San Antonio police officers arrested Branden McGarity, 30, on Wednesday for active warrants, they didn’t yet realize He was linked to an attempted sexual assault that occured March 24, a police spokeswoman said.
Police said on March 24, McGarity was pretending to be an officer and told a woman in her car that he was going to arrest her for DWI. Police said the woman stopped at a convenience store and that’s when McGarity also told the store clerk he was going to take the woman with him.
Detectives said once the woman was in his car, McGarity attempted to sexually assault her. Police said they believe the victim may have been fooled by McGarity since detectives claim he’s active with military police and was driving a Crown Victoria.
Officers said there could be other victims out there and urged anyone with similar contact with McGarity to call police. Police spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez said anyone who doubts the legitimacy of an officer and why they’re being stopped should feel free to contact 911.
“Even if they’re undercover, for whatever reason if you feel uncomfortable, you can make that call and determine if that individual with you is a police officer or detective,” Gutierrez said.
Delaware County PA April 18 2013 A constable in Delaware County faces charges of impersonating a police officer after he allegedly threaten to ticket a neighbor during a dustup at a neighborhood yard sale.
Robert Dugan, 47, of Upland, is charged with impersonating a public servant, harassment and disorderly conduct. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing. Dugan is a constable for the Borough of Upland.
According to public records, Doreen McGettigan had double parked her car to unload items to her house. Customers at the April 6th yard sale across the street had taken all the available parking. Dugan who drives a white and black Ford Crown Victoria, the same model many police departments use, pulled up next to McGettigan and began yelling obscenities. He told her to move the car or it would be towed. McGettigan told him there was enough room for him to drive around her car.
Dugan insisted McGettigan move her vehicle and said “I am an Upland cop and you are getting tickets.” When McGettigan asked for his identification, Dugan scream obscenities and drove away. Neighbors who witnessed the incident told McGettigan that Dugan was not a cop.
“So I called the real police,” McGettigan told police, according to court records.
In Pennsylvania, constables are elected at the municipal level to a six-year term. They serve warrants, maintain order at the polls during elections and can transport prisoners to court hearings.
Virginia Beach, Va. April 17 2013– A 54-year-old man has been arrested for impersonating a Virginia Beach Police officer earlier this month.
According to Virginia Beach Police, Thomas Kent VanKempen was driving a white pickup in the 200 block of S. Independence Boulevard towards Baxter Road when he pulled in front of a female victim, Carol McEwen, and slammed on his brakes.
VanKempen then allegedly got out of his vehicle and flashed a gold badge in a leather wallet at the McEwen and asked for her driver’s license and registration.
McEwen says the man told her she was speeding and he could throw her in jail.
When she asked to see his badge again, he quickly headed back to his truck instead.
VanKempen then left the scene and McEwen was able to obtain his license plate number.
VanKempen has since been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and released on bond.
Alabama police arrest two men for impersonating a police officer at Target store www.privateofficer.com
PRATTVILLE AL April 17 2013 — For the second time in two months Prattville police have arrested a man for impersonating a police officer at the city’s Target store.
Caleb Williams Phillips, 25, of 1788 Alpine Dr., Deatsville has been charged with impersonating a police officer, said Police Chief Mark Thompson. Phillips allegedly entered the store about 11 a.m. Monday , wearing a ballistic vest over his shirt, with a BB gun in a holster an displaying an Autauga County Sheriff’s Office badge on his belt, the chief said. Store management became suspicious and called authorities, Thompson said.
“He went to the store to meet a young woman and wanted to impress her, so he presented himself as an officer,” Thompson said. “He’s in the county jail now, charged with impersonating a police officer.”
Phillips has never been associated with the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, said Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger. Sedinger isn’t aware of how Phillips got a sheriff’s office badge.
Phillips was in the Elmore County Jail Monday afternoon, jail records show. Bond had not been set. He could not be reached for comment and court records show he doesn’t have an attorney. He was placed in the Elmore County Jail because Target is located in the Elmore County portion of Prattville.
In what police believe to be an unrelated case, Douglas Sterling Newton, 41, was arrested in February at the same store for impersonating a police officer. Newton allegedly presented himself as a police officer to store management, Thompson said. Newton displayed a badge at the time, but it wasn’t a law enforcement badge.
Police believe the two arrests are not related to two reports of a man impersonating a police officer filed in early February. One of the incidents was reported to the sheriff’s office and another a few days later to the police department.
In the first report a white man believed to be in his late 40’s or early 50’s with close cropped gray hair, driving a white unmarked Ford Crown Victoria pulled a woman over in the south bound lanes of I-65, sheriff’s reports show. The man tried to force his way into the woman’s car, but she drove a way.
The next week a man driving a similar vehicle attempted to pull over a man on Fairview Avenue in Prattville. There have been no arrests in those cases.
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Lake County Fla March 15 2013 A Florida man was arrested after allegedly flashing a badge that stated he was a “bounty hunter” and refusing to comply with law enforcement.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies pulled up to the vehicle of Tippy Iwin Peek, 55, at a traffic stop around 6 p.m. Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Deputies say Peek’s vehicle tag was expired and he appeared to have illegally tinted windows.
OREGON CITY, Ore. March 9 2013 – A man impersonating a cop tailgated a young woman in Oregon City, approached her, and pulled a gun on her Sunday, police said.
SPARKS, GA -March 2 2013 A man faces multiple charges after he falsely told Sparks police officers he was a police officer and drove around with a car decorated to look like it belonged to police.
The department began an investigation after they received multiple complaints that Richard Webb was driving around with the words “K9 Police” on the side of his car, causing people to think he was an officer when he wasn’t.
Sparks Police Chief Bob Myers says when they questioned Webb, he told them he was employed with the Quitman County Sheriff’s Office. When SPD looked into his statements, Myers says they were able to confirm he was not currently employed with the sheriff’s office and never had been.
Webb is charged with impersonating an officer, false statements and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.
DeKalb County man charged with extorting money, pills while impersonating police officer www.privateofficer.com
FORT PAYNE, Alabama March 1 2013 - A DeKalb County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with extortion after police said he demanded money and pills from someone while in the guise of an undercover drug agent, according to a Fort Payne police report.
PORTLAND, Oregon Feb 26 2013 — Identical twin brothers who co-own a security business have been accused of impersonating officers, complete with police-style uniforms and cars.
A grand jury indicted Jason Libby, 29, of Medford, Oregon, and his brother Donald Libby last week in connection with incidents that occurred in early January.
Jason Libby handcuffed a 40-year-old man for trespassing because he used the bathroom but did not bring any clothes to the Laundromat that Libby had been hired to watch, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Monday.
The security guard drove an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, and had a gun, a baton, a black uniform and a badge. A video of the arrest shows Libby shoving the handcuffed man, Budreau said, and he also used force against a woman who told the handcuffed man that Libby is not a policeman.
The following day, police say, Donald Libby conducted a traffic stop on an 18-year-old driver. Libby wore a uniform and had been driving an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria with a spotlight.
The teenager stopped his vehicle because he thought Libby was a cop, Budreau said. Libby questioned the driver about his alcohol use and had him step out of the car. Libby then performed field sobriety tests on the young man and warned him he could be arrested for drunken driving and trespassing.
A Medford police officer patrolling the area arrived during the security officer’s traffic stop.
“That person who was stopped for the DUI was legitimately thinking this was police officer conducting a DUI investigation, and was rather upset to learn it was a security officer,” Budreau said.
Budreau said Jason Libby was initially indicted for both incidents before the authorities learned his identical twin was the phony officer in the traffic stop.
“It’s hard to tell the difference,” Budreau said.
Jason Libby was charged with assault and harassment and Donald Libby was charged with criminal impersonation. Both were released from jail after posting bail.
Donald Libby referred questions to his attorney Monday, but said to “remember there are always two sides to the story. Don’t hammer us like everybody else has been doing.”
The attorney, Nathan Wente, said he could not comment because he has only been provided with limited information.
“I don’t know what evidence, if any, the state has,” he said.
This is not the first time Medford authorities have accused the brothers of leading people to believe they were police.
In 2010, the brothers were cited for harassment after tackling a suspect at a lot they were contracted to watch. The case was dismissed because the witnesses could not be found. The following year, the brothers were accused of pulling a baton and pointing a Taser stun gun at patrons involved in a disturbance at a restaurant, Budreau said. Nothing became of that case, either.
JACKSON NJ Feb 25 2013 — A township man has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Matthew Schurgin, 27, is facing multiple charges after he allegedly followed a female driver to her home on Claridge Drive Tuesday in his red 2010 Volkswagen Jetta where he activated blue emergency lights before getting out of the car to yell at the female driver.
Schurgin’s car was found by Jackson Police in a driveway on Claridge where he was arrested.
His car had a working siren and air horn, according to police. They also found a police duty belt, handcuffs, a flashlight, pepper spray, a folding knife and an expandable baton, the report said.
Also in the car were Manchester and Howell first-aid identifications, a Jackson first-aid jacket and Police Athletic League business cards, authorities said.
Schurgin was charged with impersonating an officer, harassment and possession of a weapon. A dozen motor vehicle summons were also issued to him, the report said.
Buford GA Feb 20 2013 A Buford man was arrested on Feb. 16 after reportedly claiming he was a Gwinnett County Police officer.
Sugarloaf Mills security contacted the Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) after an employee of Bass Pro reported that another employee of the store had identified himself as a police officer. A GCPD officer located the man, later identified as Zachariah Henry, 27, of Buford, wearing a baseball cap with “POLICE” across the front. Henry was also wearing a holstered Glock 22, handcuffs, two loaded magazines and a gold-plated badge which appeared to be similar to a Gwinnett County Police badge.
Upon questioning, Henry reportedly said he was a police officer and worked for the Gwinnett County Police Department. When the officer asked which precinct he worked out of, Henry allegedly replied “The 13th.” GCPD does not have a 13th precinct.
When asked for his police credentials, Henry was unable to produce any and said he had left them at home. While another GCPD officer stayed with Henry, the investigating officer spoke with the witnesses.
One witness, a co-worker of Henry’s, advised that Henry seemed excited about the store’s new 5.11 tactical gear. The co-worker said her friend asked Henry if he was a “rent-a-cop.”
According to the police report, “Henry responded in a defensive manner and said he took offense to [the friend's] comment because he worked hard to get where he was and cops did not appreciate comments like that.”
The officer returned to speak with Henry and asked why he had claimed to be an officer when he was not. Henry reportedly said, “I don’t know. I guess I got scared.”
Henry was placed under arrest for impersonating an officer. While enroute to the jail, Henry reportedly apologized for lying and said he had wanted to be a police officer all his life.
Henry’s weapons and police gear were placed into evidence at police headquarters. He was released from jail on Feb. 17 on a $2,950 bond.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. Feb 9 2013
Southwest Regional Police said they’re searching for man accused of stealing a car he found through a Craigslist advertisement.
Investigators said Jeffery Paul reported that he tried selling a Ford Crown Victoria on the website and received a response from a man who identified himself as John Tobisti.
In December, Paul said he met the man at a Bentleyville store and was told by the buyer that he was a Pennsylvania state constable who needed the vehicle for work purposes.
Paul said he had the buyer sign a contract, promising to pay for the car. Afterward, Paul said the man never made a payment and broke off contact with him.
Police said they later learned that “John Tobisti” is actually Timothy Rossell, who is not a constable.
A warrant for Rossell’s arrest has been issued. He’s described as a 25-year-old white male with blonde hair, green eyes and weighs about 200 pounds.
Police said Rossell is known to frequent the Bentleyville and Roscoe areas of Washington County. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 724-929-8484.
Anne Arundel County MD Feb 5 2013 An Arnold man faces charges of impersonating an officer and driving while intoxicated, after an Anne Arundel County police officer identified the man’s civilian vehicle as he attempted to pull over another vehicle early Sunday.
According to police, an officer working an overnight shift saw a black Ford Crown Victoria pulling into the 7-Eleven parking lot at the intersection of Furnace Branch Road East and Point Pleasant Road in Glen Burnie shortly after 2 a.m. The vehicle was reportedly operating a red rotational light on the dashboard, and the driver was attempting to pull over another vehicle.
The county officer checked the department’s data system and determined the Ford was not a police vehicle, but owned by a civilian.
Police arrested the man, Zachary Allan Butler, 23, of Arnold and charged him with impersonating a police officer and driving while intoxicated.
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC Jan 29 2013
A man is in custody for impersonating a police officer after he represented himself as a personal body guard to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that a man was presenting himself as a SLED agent assigned to the Governor’s Security Task Force.
During the investigation, deputies also learned that the suspect had fraudulently identified himself as a licensed private investigator, and had presented several business cards to people in the community soliciting business as WSF Investigations.
The suspect was identified as William Scott Fowler, 39, of Chapin.
Based on the witness statements and the evidence obtained, investigators interviewed Fowler who admitted to the allegations. Fowler was charged by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office with impersonating a police officer. He was also charged with soliciting business as a private investigator by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Additionally, SLED charged Fowler with forgery and filing a false affidavit with the Department of Motor Vehicles after it was learned he forged documents to obtain a Fraternal Order of Police license plate, deputies said.
Investigators are still working with state and federal authorities and additional charges may be filed.
Fowler was taken into custody late Friday afternoon. His bond has been set at $10,000.
In addition to his current charges, Fowler was convicted of forgery in 1992, impersonating an officer in 1995, credit card theft in 1995, defrauding a federally insured institution in 1998, and has a number fraudulent check convictions, deputies said.
Investigators are asking anyone who had contact with Fowler when he identified himself as a police officer or offered private investigator services to contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.Jan 27 2013 —Tommy Clowers is the former Washington County constable, but he’s currently being held in the Benton County Jail. Investigators searched his Springdale home and seized much of his property on Friday afternoon after police reports were filed in Benton County suggesting Clowers was making traffic stops in Rogers. His girlfriend, Shelley Dickard, says it’s just not true.
“He would never ever pull anyone over, especially not in Rogers,” Dickard said.
65-year-old Tommy Clowers was arrested Friday, and his two vehicles were towed away.
“He’s had these vehicles for I think probably 10 years. He was a constable and had constable stickers on them,” Dickard said.
She says Clowers put civil officer decals on his vehicles once his term as constable ended in December. Those decals were also taken by investigators on friday, in addition to computers, firearms and the list goes on.
“Uniforms, patches, badges, weapons and we took two semi-marked police units, outfitted with blue lights and sirens,” Sgt. Andy Lee with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department said.
Lee said this all stems from a police report in which a driver said Clowers pulled them over. Investigators tell 40/29 News even though Clowers has the necessary training, it’s still considered impersonating an officer since his constable term ended last month.
Dickard believes Clowers is innocent.
“I can stake my life on he does not make traffic stops; no doubt in my mind at all. He is the most honest man you’ll ever meet in your life,” Dickard said.
Police say Clowers was enforcing traffic laws, specifically targetting people who were not wearing their seat belts. Now, Clowers sits in the Benton County Jail waiting for his bond hearing.
PHILADELPHIA PA Jan 15 2013
Philadelphia police say a man who allegedly posed as a fire investigator and stole electronics was arrested this week.
According to police, the man was involved in thefts at three different Center City locations before he was arrested on Thursday.
Police say 26-year-old Christopher Kieter was taken into custody at his home on the 200 block of S. 13th Street earlier this week after investigators recovered the stolen items.
Investigators say the thefts started on January 3rd, when a suspect, Kieter, walked into the Academy of Music wearing a Philadelphia Fire Department shirt and carrying a handheld radio. Police say Kieter used his real name when talking with security.
During the alleged inspection, police say security lost sight of him at which point he allegedly stole a computer and a pair of headphones along with a radio that had “les Mis” written on the front of it.
The next night, January 4th, police say Kieter entered another Center City building posing as a fire inspector. Police say he was wearing a Philadelphia Fire Department sweatshirt and carried a handheld radio with a microphone.
In just 28 minutes, police say Kieter was captured on surveillance video reaching behind a concierge desk and taking a handheld radio valued at $2,500. A microphone, worth more than $600, was also reported missing from another area of the building.
On January 8th, police say another incident took place, this time at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. In the third incident, police say Kieter inspected fire extinguishers, removed several tags and even allegedly warned the building manager of a fine if the fire extinguisher tags were not replaced.
At one point, Kieter allegedly told employees they needed to leave the building’s equipment cage so that he could spray some type of fume into the air. When employees returned, they noticed two laptops were missing from the equipment cage.
Police say Kieter used his name when signing into a visitors log.
Kieter faces Criminal Trespass, Theft-Unlawful Taking and Impersonating charges.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jan 2 2013
Colorado Springs police arrested a man who they said pretended to be an officer during an argument at a bar.
Poilce said John Paul Hersberg was involved in a disturbance at Duffy’s Bar on Academy Boulevard and Flintridge Saturday night.
Hersberg showed a badge to a customer at the bar and asked him to step outside, according to police.
Officers said when they arrived on scene Hersberg appeared to be drunk and had a loaded gun in a holster on his belt. Investigators discovered Hersberg is actually a bail bondsman out of Arizona.
Hersberg was booked into El Paso County Jail. He faces charges of impersonating a peace officer and prohibited use of a weapon.
CLEARLAKE CA Dec 23 2012 — A Clearlake Oaks man was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly posing as a police officer. Clearlake Police Department (CPD) officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 53 and Olympic Drive for a report at about 1 a.m. of a person being pulled over by a suspicious unmarked car, which had red and blue lights mounted above the rear view mirror, according to a CPD report by Sgt. Tim Hobbs. CPD Sgt. Rodd Joseph located a dark purple 2000 Chevy Malibu parked on Old Highway 53 at Denman Road, according to Hobbs.
The driver of the car was identified as, Clearlake Oaks resident David Killen, 28. Two female passengers were also in the car. One was identified as Clearlake resident Holly Harvey, 33. Joseph saw a red and blue light above the rear view mirror, a portable scanner attached to the dashboard, a megaphone with built in siren near the center console and a siren control box mounted to the dash, according to the report. Killen allegedly pulled a car over.
The car driven by Killen was also allegedly used to unlawfully pull another car over in November on Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks. Harvey was reportedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Killen was arrested and booked into Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility on charges of false imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, driving with a suspended driver’s license and intercepting police radio communications.
Harvey was arrested and booked into the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility on charges of possession of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
Anyone with information regarding similar incidents should contact CPD at 994-825.
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