14-Year-Old Goes Barney Fife, Busted for Impersonating Cop BIG TIME
Some authorities are calling it the most flagrant example of impersonating an officer they've ever heard of in the U.S.
Victorville, CA police are investigating a 14-year-old boy who's have previous brushes with the law, after he was caught impersonating a policeman.
The Sun newspaper online outlined some of the things the boy did:
"A 14-year-old Victorville boy pretending to be a sheriff’s deputy was arrested after investigators said he drove around in a Ford Explorer equipped with blue and red flashing lights, launched phony investigations, pulled people over. Investigators discovered counterfeit money, simulation firearms, ballistic vests and other law enforcement-related items in his home, officials said.
The unidentified teen — who was already on probation — was arrested Tuesday, March 6, when Sgt. Jeff Monroe spotted the Explorer and pulled it over, officials said. The teen was inside the vehicle, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release said."
This kid was pretty bold. Police say it came to their attention when a family called to say a white Explorer with lights flashing pulled into their driveway. The boy told the family he was investigating a domestic disturbance. The family told him there was no such problem, but the boy tried to open their door. It was locked. The family called 911. Then a similar incident happened a short time later.
Police were able to track the vehicle, caught up with him, and he was arrested and taken back to the juvenile facility he'd been in not long ago. Despite numerous encounters with people during his charade, police say there's no indication he threatened to harmed anyone.
Police say he likely got away with it because he was living with an elderly great grandmother who might not have been monitoring his activities closely. The white Explorer was her car.