Crime & Courts

Secret Service impostor has badge, gun and car with a siren, SC cops warn

Surveillance photo of the man who is impersonating a police or Secret Service officer, according to Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Surveillance photo of the man who is impersonating a police or Secret Service officer, according to Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Greenville County Sheriff's Office

He has a badge and a gun. He even drives a vehicle with blue lights and a siren.

What this man does not have is authority, because he’s pretending to be a law enforcement officer, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office issued a warning to residents and businesses about the “impersonator” Saturday night, saying he was spotted in the northern Greenville County area. On Sunday night, it reported a suspect was in custody.

The suspect was “representing himself” as a police officer or an agent with the U.S. Secret Service, the sheriff’s office reported. The impostor had a handgun as well as a badge, and was driving a silver Ford Explorer equipped with a siren and “operating blue lights.”

The sheriff’s office described the suspect as a man wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, sunglasses and a baseball hat. The suspect was not identified, and there was no word on how he was apprehended.

The sheriff’s office had asked anyone who came in contact with the suspect to call 911 “immediately” but warned them to “be cautious and aware.”

Excerpts from the Nov. 4 police interview with a former sheriff's deputy accused of impersonating an officer and pulling a gun on a Rock Hill woman and her son. The audio was played Thursday during Michael Caroselli's trial.



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