Burlington Man Arrested For Impersonating An Officer

5:50 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A man in Burlington was arrested Sunday afternoon for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Police said they investigated reports that led them to Arnold Wayne Southern, 59, for about three months. They said he wore a uniform with a security services emblem and carried a firearm while posing as a private security officer.

Investigators received reports of Southern's activity in the Morningside Drive area and the East Brooke Apartments. They said Southern drove a white van and stopped community members, questioning their actions. 

Southern has never been a licensed security officer, according to the police department, and he was never hired by the apartment complex for security purposes.

Southern was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. He was taken to the Alamance County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.

Lt. John Bigelow with with Burlington Police Department stopped by WFMY News 2 to talk about what you can do to identify a fake police officer and steps to report it.

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