VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A suspicious citizen leads to the arrest of a man for impersonating an officer.
Authorities in the Knox County area say they had been looking for a man for the last several days that appeared to be impersonating an Indiana Conservation Officer.
Police were able to track down the phony officer thanks to the public.
Just minutes after his arrest, Vincennes Police escorted Andrew Scott Thovson of Martinsville into headquarters.
Authorities say Thovson had been impersonating an Conservation Officer until a member of the public became suspicious.
"We had a call from a citizen where a person had made contact with them who was in attire similar to that of a Conservation Officer and had indicated they were going to be doing some paperwork in the area," said Vincennes Police Chief, Dustin Luking.
That suspicious citizen contacted police and gave them a description of the vehicle.
When officers stopped it they found police equipment, including a look-a-like handgun, a scanner, and more.
"There were emergency lights in the vehicle that was stopped so it definitely peaks our interest," said Luking.
Officials here say they are very early in the investigation of this case, but when it comes to impersonating an officer, they take it very seriously.
"We want to make sure the public is safe and we want to make sure whenever we come we are identifying ourselves as police officers by our uniforms and identification if needed," Luking said.
And Police want to make certain that they maintain the public trust and not lose it, because of a phony officer.
Police say they are trying to sort out whether Thovson was someone who just likes to dress up and act like an officer or whether he was doing it to carry out some illegal activity.
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