VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP/Meredith)– A 14-year-old kid apprehended for pretending to be a sheriff’s deputy launched counterfeit investigations and pulled people over while driving around his Southern California neighborhood in an SUV equipped with flashing blue and red lights, authorities said.
The unknown teenager was taken into custody Tuesday after deputies found counterfeit loan, phony weapons, ballistic vests and other law enforcement-related items in his house, San Bernardino County sheriff’s authorities stated.
The probe was launched a day earlier when a Victorville house owner reported someone driving an unmarked Ford Explorer with flashing lights and wearing a sheriff’s uniform with a gun holster came to your home and stated he was investigating a domestic disruption.
Jasmine Jones, who lives at the house, informed KTLA she was puzzled by the unforeseen see.
“For me, I was like, ‘That’s not regular. Do police officers do that?'” she stated.
Jones stated the teenager had on an uncomfortable consistent complete with a belt holster that contained a gun. But regardless of the props, Jones stated she was unconvinced.
“I saw the police uniform and I believed, ‘That simply doesn’t look right,'” she said. “It’s loose, and the belt buckle isn’t staying on his hips.”
Detectives figured out that the kid engaged with at least two other people while impersonating a deputy. On the very same day, the teen pulled a lady over and provided her a caution before letting her go, authorities said.
Deputies later on stopped the SUV and found the uniformed teenager inside.
The SUV belonged to the teen’s great-grandfather, inning accordance with the San Bernardino Sun paper. It wasn’t clear if the boy coped with his great-grandfather or how he had the ability to access the vehicle.
The young boy, who was on probation at the time of his arrest, was held at a juvenile detention center east of Los Angeles.
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