Fake cop arrested by real cop: Decatur burglary suspect told victim he was a police officerDecatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High School. File photo
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A burglar caught in the act told his victim he was a police officer, Decatur Police say.
Real police officers eventually caught the man, who is accused of trying to steal a scarf and other items from the home. But the victim stopped the suspect’s getaway by stepping on the tail end of the scarf, causing him to drop everything else he was carrying.
Police arrested Charles Jackson, 59, of Atlanta. He is accused of burglary in the first degree and obstruction of an officer.
Police responded to the call in the 500 block of West College Avenue on July 12, at 11:56 a.m. Lt. Jennifer Ross said.
“The homeowner reported he returned home and observed an unknown male inside of his residence, descending from the 2nd floor, towards his front entrance,” Ross said. “The homeowner immediately yelled at the male to leave and the male stated he was law enforcement. The suspect was carrying a scarf and miscellaneous items as he left the residence through the front door. The homeowner stopped the suspect from taking the items by stepping on the tail end of the scarf causing him to drop the items before leaving the scene.”
When officers arrived they saw damage to the front window of the home and a rock inside near the damaged window. The homeowner gave a detailed description of the suspect. An officer in the area observed a man matching the description in the 400 block of Ansley Street. A foot chase ensued before the suspect was found hiding under the front porch of a home and arrested.
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