GREEN, Ohio– A man was arrested, accused of impersonating a police officer.
In a press release, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said that on March 11, a car repair shop reported that a customer asked a mechanic if he would be able to install police lights on his vehicle.
The vehicle was a white Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with “K9” stickers on it.
The mechanic said the car had a bag in it labeled “POLICE.” Also reportedly inside: handcuffs and a police baton.
The mechanic also told authorities that the driver was wearing a vest that said “POLICE” and he had a badge on his belt.
He reportedly told the mechanic that he was a police officer.
Then, on March 15, authorities said the Crown Victoria was seen in a Giant Eagle parking lot in Green. There were emergency flashing lights inside the car, along with an emergency siren, dash camera and what appeared to be police radios.
The license plates on the car were expired. Area shoppers told authorities they were concerned that the man may have been impersonating a police officer.
On March 25, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office arrested the driver of the car for impersonating a police officer. The suspect was identified as 48-year-old Sean P. Duffy (AKA John Kidd) of Springfield Township.
The investigation revealed that Duffy has never had formal police training and has never been employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio.
Authorities said Duffy was in possession of numerous items used by law enforcement personnel.
He had been pulled over at least four times in the previous week and on one occasion, he stated he was a retired sheriff’s deputy; on another occasion, he claimed to be a retired Canton police officer.
If anyone has information regarding these incidents or has had contact with Sean P. Duffy, where he has portrayed himself as a law enforcement officer, please contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2147.