In early November, a man and a woman were arrested for allegedly impersonating security officers at an apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee, and then committing serious crimes -- including robbery and kidnapping -- against a resident there. A third suspect was arrested later that month.
One of the charges the group faces is criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, which includes anyone "with intent to injure or defraud another person who assumes a false identity; pretends to be a representative of some person or organization; pretends to be an officer or employee of the government; or pretends to have a handicap or disability. " Hopefully, more states already have, or will adopt similar laws, since they appear to include (although not specifically by name) security professionals.
Now we have another case, this time in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Here are some details from the Oklahoma City Police Facebook page:
"This suspect approached a woman and her grandson in the parking lot of a business near Reno/MacArthur, identified herself as a security officer, and told the victims she believed they had stolen merchandise from the business. Suspect went on to say that she needed to search them to try and find the stolen goods. During this search, the suspect took cash and a cell phone from one of the victims, then took off running through the parking lot. If you recognize this woman, contact Crime Stoppers 405-235-7300 or submit a tip online www.okccrimetips.com. Case # 19-103380.
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