Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police say a suspect who'd been impersonating a federal law enforcement officer at stores in the area has been taken into custody.
Buddy Todd Mount, 43, was arrested around 3 p.m. at a home in Lexington County Tuesday and was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and shoplifting.
“The lead Columbia Police investigator interviewed Mr. Mount after today’s arrest. Mount confessed to the Columbia incidents and provided valuable information regarding additional crimes in the surrounding areas," Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said.
Officers say on June 17, he stole a BB gun, a holster, and a knife from Academy Sports on Park Terrace Circle in Columbia. About 30 minutes later, officers say he went to the Gamestop on Broad River Road wearing a utility belt and holstered canister of mace, as well as a handgun on his waist. Officers say he gave the clerk a fake police badge, said he was a U.S. Marshal, and asked to see merchandise. He was asked to leave, but told the employee that he'd come back with a search warrant.
Lexington police say he did nearly the same thing on June 18 at a Gamestop at 5570 Sunset Boulevard.
Mount was booked at the Richland County Jail.
“The collaborative efforts of all law enforcement agencies and the public have ensured a quick and safe resolution to this impersonator,” stated US Marshal Kelvin Washington, District of South Carolina.