Teen impersonates cop to rob home

On July 19, 2012, in Impersonation, Robbery, by djeyli

An California teenager has been accused of impersonating a police detective while robbing someone’s home two months ago.

He has now been charged with burglary and other crimes, Antioch police said.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office also charged 19-year-old Kelsey Scales on Monday with possession of stolen property, attempted auto theft and impersonating an officer, according to Antioch police Sgt. Steve Bias.

Scales is accused of knocking on the front door of a home with another man at 1:20 a.m. and telling the resident that they were law enforcement officials armed with a search warrant.

The men, who police said were dressed in partial police uniforms, searched the front area of the house while instructing a second resident to remain in a bedroom, Bias said.

But one of the residents persisted with questions, was skeptical of the uniforms and eventually confronted the two men, Bias said. The two men immediately left.

Detectives working several leads found a connection between a volunteer at an unnamed agency and uniforms that never were returned, Bias said, and police determined Scales to be one of the suspects. The robbery victims identified him, and a search warrant served on Scales’ residence turned up the uniforms, Bias said.

Police arrested Scales on Thursday, but they continue to search for the other suspect. He is described as a
black male between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 150 pounds.

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