Police in Boynton Beach arrested a man on Wednesday at a Best Buy store who identified himself as a “Federal Marshal.”
Officers were called after store employees recognized him as the man who had shoplifted an iPhone X from the store a few days earlier.
When officers approached 61-year-old John O’Grady, they noticed a U.S. Marshal’s lapel pin on his jacket and badge on his belt. When they asked if he was armed, he said yes. Soon after being asked for his supervisor’s name, he came clean and stated he was not a law enforcement officer and that his weapon was fake, according to Boynton Beach Police.
O’Grady was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and retail theft (grand) and was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail.
Officers later found the stolen iPhone X in his vehicle.
You should never impersonate a law enforcement officer, especially when you’re talking to actual police officers. “Congratulations, that’s a felony,” #BBPD Officer Martens. Read the arrest report here: https://t.co/uYIviFDljT@axon_us #thursdaythoughts pic.twitter.com/3dsxkXTtVe
— Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) March 22, 2018
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