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Fake Police Officer Arrested

Fake Police Officer Arrested
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - A police officer earns a badge after he or she is hired on at a certain department.

The badge is often considered a symbol of authority, but as one Cape Girardeau man found out, sometimes you need more than a badge to identify an officer.

"This guy comes out of nowhere with a lady pulls a badge on me, saying he's a undercover Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Deputy," caught unaware, Matthew Fuller didn't suspect anything, when Mark Brown allegedly showed him a badge from the sheriff's department.

"I told me to put my hands on the car, pushed my head down said he wanted to check my ID. I thought he was checking my ID," Fuller explains.

Instead, Fuller says after getting his wallet back from Brown, he found some money missing.

"It was kinda scary at first I never know what was happening to me," Fuller says.

Investigators say this isn't the first time a police badge has fallen into the wrong hands...

We even found a Cape Girardeau police badge for sale on eBay. Officers quickly managed to have taken off the popular site.

Sgt. Barry Hovis explains you can own a badge, but impersonating an officer is illegal.

"If they ask you to do very bizarre things, not within the scope of what you should do with a police officer. You should be cautious of what you do," Sgt. Hovis says.

Hovis also suggests getting an ID number, then calling back and making sure the officer

is who he or she claims to be, especially if they're not in uniform.

Meanwhile investigators say the fake cop who stole from Matthew Fuller is behind bars, along with an accomplice, after Fuller spotted him near a local gas station Sunday.

"I'm glad I got a chance to get him he could have hurt someone else doing same thing," Fuller says.

Getting back to that badge on eBay, police say the seller thought the badge was obsolete.

Many of the other badges on eBay could be as they claim to be, not in use any more, but police say flashing them around if you get one could get you in a lot of trouble.

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