Joe Mario Pedersen
A Florida man was arrested Friday after impersonating a law enforcement officer to bypass a $2 toll booth in Flagler County.
LeRoy Stotelmyer, 60, of Palm Coast, was arrested Friday and faces a felony charge of violation of pre-trial release and impersonating an officer, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Stotelmyer was arrested previously on Monday for an incident where he was arrested for impersonating an officer and shoplifting at a Publix where he tried to take two boxes of potatoes and a grouper fillet in his reusable shopping bag, FCSO said. After trying to exit the store, a loss prevention officer stopped him. Stotelmyer showed the officer a gold badge and told him he was a U.S. Marshal and didn’t have to pay.
Following that incident Thursday, FCSO received a tip that a man was displaying a law enforcement badge to bypass toll booths at Hammock Dunes Bridge, FCSO said.
Toll bridge attendants told FCSO they all had previous encounters with Stotemyer who has displayed gold and silver badges numerous times and identified himself as a U.S. Air Marshal. Stotemyer also asked questions about the toll bridge camera functions.
One toll worker told FCSO about his last encounter with Stotemyer where Stotemyer presented his badge and the worker in turn presented a Daytona Beach News-Journal article about Stotemyer’s Monday arrest for impersonating an officer.
Stotemyer reportedly read the article and then payed the $2.
The next day, deputies arrived at his home on Hidden Treasure Drive and took him into custody.
FCSO’s investigation also found that Stotemyer tried using the same tactics when he was pulled over on Oct. 28 for failing to stop at a stop sign. When the deputy pulled him over, Stotemyer present a badge and said he was a Federal Air Marshal.
“This guy clearly has not learned his lesson and has no respect for the law,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Two days after his release and he is already up to his old tricks. We know already that he thinks he can get out of shoplifting and paying tolls with his fake badge, I am happy we were able to get him back off the streets before something more serious occurs. He thinks he wants to be a cop, now he gets to see what it’s like to be an inmate.”
Stotemyer is facing previous charges of false impersonation of a federal law enforcement officer, petit shoplifting, and resisting a merchant.
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