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Tuesday May 31st, 2016 6:33PM

Felon charged with impersonating a police officer in Banks County

By Rob Moore Reporter
HOMER - A Carnesville man was arrested for impersonating a police officer last week.

Banks County Sheriff's Sgt. Carissa McFaddin has released details of the arrest of 32-year-old Randy Cleve Baker.

According to McFaddin, deputies responded to Patel's Grocery at 4464 Highway 198 regarding suspicious activity involving a male driving a green Ford Explorer. That was on Thursday.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the SUV and arrested Baker for a suspended driver's license.

"While arresting Baker, deputies located a gun holster on his right side," McFaddin said. "Baker informed deputies that a handgun was inside his vehicle and stated that he was a convicted felon."

Deputies located a loaded handgun and rifle inside the vehicle, as well as handcuffs and a local police badge.

"Deputies later located an additional local police badge on a lanyard that was around Baker's neck at the time of his arrest," McFaddin said.

Additional investigation determined the items were stolen from Jackson and Madison counties.

In addition to the impersonating a police officer charge, Baker is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, theft by receiving stolen property, driving while license suspended, no insurance, removing or affixing license plate with intent to conceal or misrepresent, unsafe vehicle or equipment, defective tires, and tag light required.

The investigation continues, in conjunction with officers in Madison and Jackson counties.
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