Fake Michigan State trooper faces real jail time
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:17:42 GMT —
Motel manager Kevin Schmitt knew something was wrong as soon as the guy walked through the door.
â??He identified his self as a Michigan State police,â?? says Schmitt who has been managing the Budget Inn Motel for the past three months.
The fake police officerâ??s uniform looked legit but a closer look at surveillance video shows the fake trooper was wearing sneakers.
â??He said he had a report of arguing and fighting going on,â?? says Schmitt.
But where was the so-called trooper's patrol car?
â??Something wasn't adding up. He said he parked his patrol car on the side of the building,â?? says Schmitt.
The 17-year old even had a radio.
â??Nobody was answering his radio when he was talking,â?? says Schmitt.
â??He's 17-years old. I'll use the word kid. I think he's a little infatuated with law enforcement,â?? says Bay City public safety director Michael Cecchini.
â??17 years old, I think you can make the right decision from the wrong decision,â?? says Schmitt.
Cecchini says Schmitt made the right decision by calling police. Impersonating law enforcement is no laughing matter.
â??Ask for their credentials, in a polite manner. If you're still unsure, ask for a supervisor, call 911,â?? says Cecchini.
â??Iâ??m glad they caught him. I hope he gets what he deserves. You know, we put our trust into him,â?? says Schmitt.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident. He is expected to be arraigned by Tuesday. If convicted, he faces up to one year behind bars.