Michael J. Beach is a 27-year-old convicted criminal from Seattle. It's unclear what profession he lists on his tax returns, but "police officer" is definitely not it. Yet Mr. Beach has supposedly been telling a lot of people lately that he is in fact a cop--right before he tries to steal their car.
Seattle Police released Beach's photo today (above right) and warned anyone approached by him to assume he's armed and dangerous.
Judging by his alleged past doings, that assessment is more than accurate.
In at least two incidents, Beach has supposedly walked up to someone as they were parking their car and told them that he is a SPD plainclothes officer about to conduct a drug raid on a building that they are parked in front of. When the victim has questioned him or asked for a badge, he supposedly has shown them the pistol that he keeps tucked in his waistband (because everyone knows that real cops hold their service weapons like Tupac).
One time the ruse worked, and Beach allegedly made off with a 1992 Mercedes that he took from a suspect at 13th and Marion.
Another time, a woman who was parked at 12th and Barclay reported that someone came up to her window and fed her the same line: He was an undercover cop and her car was blocking the house that his "team" was about to raid.
This woman essentially told him to go fuck himself and he left.
Police say that Beach has a long criminal history, and encourage anyone who knows where he is to call them.
According to Beach's Facebook page, he's a fan of C.S. Lewis and "exercise." So fortunately for him if he's arrested, convicted, and sentenced to prison, he'll still likely be able to engage both his reading and exercising hobbies to their fullest potential.