This Police Impersonator Had an Impressive Arsenal of Fake Gear

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Travis Clancy (Anne Arundel County Poiice)
Travis Clancy (Anne Arundel County Poiice)

Anne Arundel County police say Tyrone Clancy pretended to be a U.S. Marshal to get a free brake job on his car. Along with the whole fake badge routine, police say Clancy also had fake gear in his car, and his house.

On Sunday, Clancy went to an Annapolis auto shop in the 2000 block of West St. to have work done on his car, police said. He said he was a U.S. Marshal. Clancy set up an appointment for two days later.

When he first went to the shop, Clancy didn’t have a U.S. Marshal account number. This was a hole in his story. So when he returned on Tuesday, he was sure to bring a fake badge and a gun. He also had a tactical vest inside the car. And, to sell the act a little further, he was sure to accuse the employees of stealing stuff.

But the employees still weren’t convinced, so they called police. Turns out, the guns were Airsoft. And police found more bogus cop gear when they searched his house:

Clancy's stash (Anne Arundel County police)
Clancy’s stash (Anne Arundel County police)


So, we learned once again today that just showing up and and saying you’re a U.S. Marshal isn’t enough. All the gear and general aloof toughness helps. But, most of all, you have to have an account number.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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