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Excise Police charge man with impersonating officer

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A Lowell man has been arrested on a charge of impersonating a police officer following an investigation by the Indiana State Excise Police.

Ray K. Thompson, 51, went to Cliffhangers Bar at 151 Deanna Drive on Dec. 8 and told the bartender and a patron that he was an excise officer, the Excise Police said. The bar’s owner became suspicious when she learned that Thompson had told the bartender that he was recording their conversation and then proceeded to ask questions about the bar’s camera system and security on the weekends, Excise Police said.

Thompson was subsequently taken into custody at his place of employment and, at the same time, a search warrant was executed at his residence, where the Excise Police said that several undisclosed items were recovered.

The Lowell Police Department assisted the Excise Police with the investigation.

Excise officers 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.

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

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the Indiana State Excise Police promotes public safety by enforcing the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.




Posted 12/17/2013