A 40-year-old man with a history of poorly impersonating police officers was allegedly at it again last weekend, posing as a cop in an attempt to swipe new cell phones from an Everett store.
Like several of the previous law enforcement impersonation attempts on the man's rap sheet, his ruse last Saturday proved unsuccessful. According to the Everett Herald it's the fourth time in less than a year the man has come under investigation for impersonating a police officer.
As Eric Stevick of the Herald details, police say the suspect entered an Everett cell phone store Saturday donning fake sheriff's office identification and tried to persuade a store employee to hand over several new cell phones, saying he was engaged in a theft investigation.
Unfortunately for the man, the employee wasn't buying it.
According to the Herald:
That's when the suspect, 40, allegedly told her that she was impeding his investigation and that she would be arrested if she didn't give him the phones, court papers said. She didn't buy his story and wasn't intimidated by his phony police identification. He left the store.
The next day, according to the Herald, real police watched surveillance video from the store and recognized the wannabe cop from previous run-ins with the law, which include felony convictions for escape, burglary, theft and bank robbery.
As mentioned, it's not the first time the man has been accused of impersonating a police officer. In September the suspect was involved in a high-speed pursuit with police that eventually led real cops to the man's home - where a search warrant helped discover a police badge stolen from an Island County Sheriff's Office deputy, two police uniform shirts, matching pants, and a pair of handcuffs. In the man's car police say they found a duty belt and police radios.
Even the man's neighbors had gotten a taste of his misguided (and poorly executed) cosplay.
More from the Herald:
Neighbors reported seeing the suspect wearing law enforcement gear. Once, after police investigated a domestic violence complaint at his home, the man allegedly approached the neighbors, wearing a badge hanging from a chain around his neck. He reportedly claimed he was "with the Feds and in an investigation," and told the neighbors they should refrain from calling the police in the future "because I'll get into trouble and you will go down with me," court papers say.