Police seek information about man charged with impersonating an officer

Theft suspect's car found fitted with lights, sirens

July 10, 2005|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

State police want to know whether anyone might have been stopped by a 64-year-old Carroll County man whose car was found to have police lights and sirens after his arrest recently.

Thomas Bruce Robinson Jr. of the 3300 block of Salem Bottom Road, in the Winfield area, was charged June 30 after a complaint that he had been videotaped two days earlier stealing a $5 coffee mug from a Westminster 7-Eleven - where he had been receiving free coffee by posing as a retired Secret Service agent, according to the police and charging documents.

Robinson was released without bail on the charges, which include carrying a concealed deadly weapon, impersonating a police officer, unauthorized possession of law enforcement credentials and petty theft, police said.

Searches turned up clothing and other items with federal agency logos, a switchblade, a handgun and emergency equipment in his 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.

"It looks like a police car," said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a state police spokesman, noting that the blue strobe lights found in the car are reserved by Maryland law for police officers.

After the complaint by a 7-Eleven security officer, police said, they stopped Robinson's car and found it fitted with the emergency lights, a siren and two antennas.

Police also found assorted badges and identification cards, including two badges as a Department of Commerce "Commander - Bureau of Export Enforcement, Ret."; a White House identification for a Dr. Robinson; and a baseball cap and a nylon case with a Secret Service logo that contained a Smith & Wesson and ammunition, according to the charging documents.

Robinson later acknowledged that he had identified himself for about 10 years and to hundreds of people as a retired Secret Service agent, according to charging documents.

The only piece of identification known to be genuine was a badge for the Carroll County Fire Police, state police said.

Robinson has been suspended from that unpaid position, pending the outcome of the case, said Chief Greg Dods of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department. The fire police duties involve directing traffic at fires and events.

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