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.

T
he badge is often considered a symbol of authority
,
but as one
C
ape
G
irardeau 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 S
heriff's
Deputy,"
caught unaware,
M
atthew
F
uller didn't suspect anything
, w
hen
M
ark
B
rown allegedly showed him a badge from the sheriff's department.

"I t

old 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.

I
nstead
, F
uller says after getting his wallet back from
B
rown
,
he found some money missing.

"I

t was kinda scary at first
I
never kn
o
w what was happening to me
," Fuller says.

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

W
e even found a
C
ape
G
irardeau police badge for sale on eBay. O
fficers quickly managed to have taken off the popular site.

S
gt.
B
arry
H
ovis explains you can own a badge
,
but impersonating an officer is illegal.

"I

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

H
ovis 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.

M
eanwhile investigators say the fake cop who stole from
M
atthew
F
uller is behind bars
,
along with an accomplice
,
after
F
uller 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.

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

M
any 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.