Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

Youthful ‘officers’ arrested

August 4, 2005


Police in El Monte, Calif., have arrested two teenagers who they say impersonated officers and pulled over at least two motorists while sounding a siren and flashing emergency lights they had purchased on eBay.

The investigation was triggered when a motorist called police on July 28 to report that a male who had pulled him over appeared to be too young to be a police officer.

A similar incident was reported by other residents in El Monte, just east of downtown Los Angeles, which led to the arrest of a 15-year-old from nearby La Puente. On Monday, a 17-year-old from El Monte was also arrested.

A search of the 15-year-old's home uncovered police uniforms and baseball caps with the word "police" on them. The uniforms were purchased from local uniform shops. Police said the youths added police-style emergency lights they had purchased over the Internet to a white, two-door sedan. No information was released on what they might have said to motorists during the stops.

The teens were charged with impersonating a peace officer and were released into the custody of their parents, El Monte Police Detective Ralph Batres said.


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