Guy Arrested on Same Odd Charge Twice in One Week

Florida's LeRoy Stotelmyer accused of impersonating a law officer
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2020 5:02 PM CDT
Guy Arrested on Same Odd Charge Twice in One Week
LeRoy Stotemyer, 60.   (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

Hand it to LeRoy Stotelmyer, he doesn't give up. The Florida man was arrested Friday for allegedly impersonating a law officer only days after being arrested on the very same charge, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The 60-year-old's latest alleged offense: impersonating an officer to avoid paying a $2 toll. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office says Stotelmyer had been flashing gold and silver badges and calling himself a US Air Marshal at toll bridges. Seems one booth attendant responded by showing Stotelmyer a Daytona Beach News-Journal article about his previous arrest, which Stotelmyer read before paying his $2.

Stotelmyer had been arrested March 9 for allegedly shoplifting at a Publix and impersonating a US Marshal when stopped by a loss prevention officer. With a grouper fillet and two boxes of potatoes in his bag, Stotelmyer displayed a gold badge and claimed he didn't need to pay. Then the FCSO got a tip Thursday about the toll bridges and arrested Stotelmyer at his Palm Coast home. Charges against him include false impersonation of a federal law enforcement officer, resisting a merchant, and petit shoplifting. "He thinks he wants to be a cop—now he gets to see what it's like to be an inmate," said Sheriff Rick Staly. (More impersonation stories.)

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