LEO loans his cruiser to a criminal; hispanics frisked for $$$, robbed

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    LEO loans his cruiser to a criminal; hispanics frisked for $$$, robbed

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    A Prince George's County police officer willingly lent his cruiser to a man who used it to impersonate an officer and take money from Hispanics during patdowns, authorities said Friday.
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    This is allowed to be here? Oh, wait I was confused with another forum.
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    The officer who loaned the cruiser is saying he thought the impersonator was a bonafide member of the department.

    The Post article makes it seem like he knew the guy he gave the unit to was a criminal heading out to rob people.

    Didn't something like this happen a while back in the NYPD, without the robbery? If memory serves, some kid signed out a marked car and went on patrol.

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    This is not going to look good on a resumé. Still, it sounds like this guy was really good at manipulating everyone. Aside from the extreme embarrassment of the department and officers involved, it should be resolved without real officer taking a fall.
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    Unfortunately, I am not surprised....

    This is PG county...IMO, it should be firebombed, paved over, and the rebuilt. Its a cesspool of institutional crime and corruption at the county level...and no one wants to or is able to change it.
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    The officer and the man were acquaintances, but the officer might have thought the man was a sworn fellow officer who needed a cruiser while his own was being repaired, said Capt. Misty Mints, the assistant public affairs commander for the police department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattInFla View Post
    The officer who loaned the cruiser is saying he thought the impersonator was a bonafide member of the department.

    The Post article makes it seem like he knew the guy he gave the unit to was a criminal heading out to rob people.

    Didn't something like this happen a while back in the NYPD, without the robbery? If memory serves, some kid signed out a marked car and went on patrol.

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    No it was the Chicago PD. 14-year-old boy impersonates cop, police say.

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    yikes!

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    It's too bad stupidity isn't painful.

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    Sounds like the BG was a pretty smooth operator. I imagine there will be a memo coming out soon about only turning your cruiser over to your sergeant or the fleet coordinator.
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    I didn't know cops loaned out their city issued vehicles to strangers.

    This is fishy.

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    I didn't know cops loaned out their city issued vehicles to strangers.
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    Things must be very different in PG county. The cops i know do not loan out their cruisers to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    This is not going to look good on a resumé. Still, it sounds like this guy was really good at manipulating everyone. Aside from the extreme embarrassment of the department and officers involved, it should be resolved without real officer taking a fall.
    After thinking about this incident a bit more I am less likely to be so lenient. Had the officer loaned out his badge would you be so understanding? The car acts as a badge in that it identifies the person who is in possession of it as a police officer.

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    Being passingly familiar with P.G. I can see how this happened. As the article stated the suspect is a former Bladensburg officer. That is a municipality in P.G. county. He knows the area, knows the radio codes, and would know names that the officer who lent him the cruiser would know. Also it says that he was an acquaintance of the officer, and that he had a brother who is a county officer. So the question is when he met the officer did he give his own first name or his brother's?
    If he was passing himself off as his brother (whose uniform he was using) and the officer checked on it, personnel records would have said that yes, so and so is an officer with this department and is assigned to this district.
    He then gives the officer a sob story about how he is not going to be able to work his part time gig because his cruiser dropped it's transmission and he has to have a marked cruiser. And since the car is under warranty there is a big fight between fleet management and the dealer/manufacturer and it is going to be at least a month before it gets fixed.
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    “Life is hard, it is harder if you’re stupid” Am I wrong expecting someone who is a LEO and paid with tax dollars to prevent crime not to fall for this regardless of how “smooth” the operator is? I wonder if he fell for the Nairobi money scam that is sent to me in email once a month or so, the email looks official “they are Smooth”

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