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Florida man arrested for impersonating police officer

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Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have arrested a 54-year-old man for impersonating a police officer.

James Mazurowski was arrested last week after deputies received a call about a suspicious person who was rummaging through a golf cart.

According to the report, the owner of the golf cart noticed Mazurowski and confronted him. Mazurowski claimed to be a Buffalo Police officer, flashed his badge, and told the victim that he was looking for someone.

The suspect then fled the scene but dropped a pair of stolen sunglasses and damaged the vehicle he was driving on a curb before he could get away.

Authorities located Mazurowski a short time later and questioned him. During the questioning, Mazurowski again identified himself as a Buffalo Special Police and showed them a Buffalo Special ID card.

He told police that he had to leave because he needed to drop off a rental call to a customer in a gated community.

Before deputies considered letting him go, they contacted the Buffalo Police and was told that Mazurowski was not a member of their Special program made up of civilians who help with community events.

Authorities also reported that they found out that the story about the rental car was untrue.

Mazurowski was arrested and is now charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer, burglary of a conveyance, resisting a law enforcement officer, and leaving the scene of an accident.