Criminal Justice

Lowell Man Arrested for Police Impersonation

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December 16, 2013 — Indiana State Excise Police says its officers arrested a Lowell man today after an investigation into police impersonation at a local bar.

Excise officers say they arrested 51-year-old Ray K. Thompson of Lowell on a felony warrant charging him with impersonating a police officer after he went to Cliffhangers Bar at 151 Deanna Drive last week and told the bartender and a patron that he was an excise officer.  Police say the bar’s owner became suspicious when she learned Thompson had told the bartender he was recording their conversation and asked about the bar’s security system.

Police say that just before noon today excise officers arrested Thompson at his place of employment while other excise officers served a search warrant at his residence, recovering several items at his residence and from his Ford truck.

The Lowell Police Department assisted excise officers during their investigation.

Excise officers remind Hoosiers that they, “always carry a department-issued badge, along with their credentials, which have the officer’s name, badge number and photograph.  Excise officers work either in plain clothes or uniform, depending on the nature of their assignments during a particular shift.  Anyone concerned about whether someone is a police officer can request to see the officer’s badge and credentials, or contact local law enforcement.”

Superintendent Matt Strittmatter says, “Impersonating a police officer is an intolerable offense for which we will have zero tolerance.  Such behavior is not only dangerous to the perpetrator, but can put other citizens at risk.”

Indiana State Excise Police are the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.  While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.


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