Police Charge Woman for Posing as Cop

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AMHERST, Ohio — Police found and charged the woman accused of posing as a police officer and threatening to arrest a store clerk.

Jaritza Rodriguez, 38, of Lakewood, faces a charge of impersonating a police officer in the incident.

It happened Oct. 18 at a Sunoco gas station on North Leavitt Road.

The clerk called police, saying a man bought a pack of cigarettes at around 9:35 p.m. When he returned to the store a short time later and attempted to exchange them, the clerk told him store policy does not allow exchanges once an item leaves the store. The clerk then asked the man to leave the store, after which he claimed his wife was an Amherst police officer.

Police said the man’s wife entered the store a short time later and showed the clerk a badge, stating the clerk would be arrested if the cigarettes weren’t exchanged. The clerk told the woman she was going to call the police, and the woman replied she worked for the department. When the clerk began calling the police, the woman fled the store.

Police released the suspect’s photo, which was caught on surveillance video. A man claiming to be the man she was with called police Tuesday and identified the suspect as his girlfriend.

Rodriguez later called and met with police, and said she worked for a private security company. She told police the badge she presented to the clerk was one she carried in her wallet to identify herself as being a concealed carry permit holder.

Rodriguez will appear in Oberlin Municipal Court Nov. 9.

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