Officer Impersonator Suspect ‘Looked Like a Cop’

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AKRON-- At the Auto and All repair shop in Akron, Carl Brown said he was convinced Sean Duffy was actually a police officer when he first came in asking to have work done on his car.

"He was wearing a police badge on his side and a shirt that said police. He had a police hat on; looked like a cop to me; drove a police cruiser," said Brown.

"I thought he was a cop. Like I said; in his car, he's got police bags, billy clubs, taser, handcuffs; I mean he had the whole works."

Duffy's car was a white 2001 Ford Crown Victoria 'Police Interceptor' according to police reports.

Brown said Duffy was asking about whether or not they did wiring on the car and he became irritated when Brown wouldn't do the work.

"When I read his badge it said Kent State University on it. I said, 'what's the deal with the Kent State University Badge?' He said, 'well I used to be a cop there,'" said Brown, to whom things were not adding up.

"I said 'well wait a minute; you used to be a cop? I said, well what's the deal?' He gave me all theses sketchy things you know. 'I was a retired deputy sheriff.' Well, 40 years old, you are a retired deputy sheriff? That don't make no sense," added Brown.

Brown says he contacted the Springfield Township Police Department.

The car came to the attention of the Summit County Sheriff's Office days later when it was parked outside a grocery store in the community of Green.

"One of the shoppers happened to be a criminal justice instructor at Kent State. It turned out the plates were expired on the vehicle and it just became a part of the investigation at that point," said Inspector Bill Holland.

Holland said in just the last week, Duffy has had multiple traffic stops and has identified himself as having been a former police officer and deputy to actual officers.

The Summit County Sheriff's office said Duffy also had a Facebook page on which he identified himself as being afilliated with an organization called 'Lost and Found K-9 Search and Rescue,' the owner of a company he called 'Stardust Investigation & Protective Services,' a former Kent State police officer and a former sheriff's deputy.

"He had been traffic stopped four times in the past week by different agencies. One time he said he was a retired Summit County sheriff's deputy; another time he claimed he was a retired Canton police officer and he had been to the Canton Police Academy, neither of which is accurate," said Holland.

Investigators said Duffy has never had any formal police training and has never been employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio.

He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with impersonating a police officer.

Now investigators want to know if his actions ever went beyond a simple disguise.

"If he has taken any overt actions to make any type of an arrest or police type actions on someone; that's what we are trying to find out now," Holland said.

Authorities want to hear from anyone who may have had an encounter with Duffy that was suspicious.

Contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2147.

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