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Police: Lowell man arrested for impersonating excise officer

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LOWELL, Ind.—A Lowell man was arrested Monday after police said he impersonated an excise police officer.

Police said Ray Thompson, 51, entered the Cliffhangers Bar at 151 Deanna Drive on Dec. 8 and allegedly told the bartender and a patron that he was an officer. Authorities said the bar’s owner became suspicious after Thompson told the bartender he was recording their conversation and then proceeded to inquire about the bar’s camera system and security on the weekends.

Officers searched Thompson’s residence and truck, and several undisclosed items were confiscated, according to police.

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

Police said anyone concerned about whether someone is a police officer can request to see the officer’s badge and credentials, or contact their local law enforcement agency.