14-Year-Old Allegedly Pretended to Be Deputy, Made Traffic Stop

The 14-year-old was arrested after deputies found counterfeit money fake guns ballistic vests and other law enforcement-related items in his home

14-Year-Old Allegedly Pretended to Be Deputy, Made Traffic Stop

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Victorville Tuesday on suspicion of impersonating a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy on at least three occasions.

Police said the suspect, who appears in the video wearing the uniform of a sheriff's deputy, went to the front door of the house he pulled into and said he was investigating a complaint of a domestic disturbance.

The next day, according to the sheriff's department, Sergeant J. Monroe spotted the Ford Explorer and pulled the vehicle over.

A California teen faces charges after authorities allege he dressed up like an officer of the law before climbing behind the wheel of an SUV mounted with police-style lights. The suspect, who was already on probation, drove his great-grandparent's Ford Explorer, outfitted with red and blue flashing lights, stopped at homes and conducted a traffic stop, cops said.

"The homeowner informed him there was no problem and they had not placed a call to the police", according to the press released.

After a short exchange with the homeowner in the driveway, the teen left - and then the homeowner called police to report the suspicious incident.

In a Wednesday statement, sheriff's officials said the first incident occurred when the teenager pulled into the driveway of a home in the 13600 block of Mica Avenue just after 6 p.m. Monday.




During their investigation, police say they determined the suspect also pulled over a vehicle the same night of the home visit. The suspect was able to get the driver's information and he let her go with a warning, according to the release.

"When he was told, there was no disturbance, the suspect left", officials said.

The teen was held at High Desert Juvenile Detention centre while he awaits the courts' decision.

In another case, the teen activated his emergency lights in the area of Cobalt Road, prompting a 16-year-old boy to come out of his home.

According to the sheriff's office, authorities searched the suspect's home and found "a large amount of counterfeit money, simulation firearms, ballistic vests and other law enforcement related items".

Detectives are now searching for additional victims and ask anyone who feels they may have been contacted by the teen to call the Victorville sheriff's station at 760-241-2911 or sheriff's dispatch at 760-956-5001.

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