Police identified and then arrested the man they say impersonated a federal officer at two Columbia-area stores.
Buddy Todd Mount, 43, was charged with shoplifting and impersonating a law enforcement officer , the Columbia Police Department said Tuesday.
Mount is accused of entering the Academy Sports and Outdoors store on Park Terrace Circle on Saturday and stealing several items, including a BB gun, holster and knife.
About 30 minutes later, Mount allegedly entered the Gamestop on the 1700 block of Broad River Road, wearing a utility belt with a holstered canister of mace and a handgun in his waistband. He presented a badge to the employee and identified himself as a federal law enforcement officer. When the employee asked Mount to leave, he told the employee he would be back with an arrest warrant.
Police said Mount tried the same ruse at a Gamestop on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, where he also was denied access to merchandise and to the back of the store.
Mount was just released from jail in Lexington County on June 5 after pleading no contest to third-degree criminal domestic violence, according to online court records. He was sentenced to time served.
Court records show Mount pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge in August 2016, and he has a felony conviction for entering a bank with intent to steal in 2009, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Mount was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Tuesday night.