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Man arrested for impersonating officer

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A man is behind bars after police say he impersonated an officer.

Police said he was caught flashing a badge around town.

The badge was real, but police said the man carrying it was definitely not one of their own.

The man's name is Thomas Coon, and he claimed to be an officer with the Buena Vista Township Police Department.

Taylor Semrow, a worker at Grand Central Station bar and grill, said Coon came in a flashed a badge at the restaurant. Semrow said that despite the badge, something seemed off, so she called the bar's owner.

Greg Klecker is a real detective for the Buena Vista Township Police Department.

"People like this who are presenting false identification, representing themselves as a member of our police department is disheartening and it will not be tolerated," said Klecker.

Police said he also flashed that same badge at a 7-11 convenience store a couple of days ago. That badge in question happened to be a Buena Vista Police Department badge from the 1960s.

Coon is charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating a public officer and was arraigned last Friday.

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