Police Impersonator Arrested

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Junction City man is in the Lane County Jail, accused of impersonating a police officer.

Police say they had been looking for the suspect since the alleged incident last month.

The alleged incident happened July 18 at Gateway Mall in Springfield. That’s when police say 29-year-old Travis Lee Riley approached security officers inside the mall.

Investigators say Riley was carrying a fake badge and a real handgun.

They say he told the security officers he was an undercover officer and he was looking for a cell phone that contained important information.

Police say they identified riley through surveillance tapes and other information from the mall, which helped lead to his arrest on Tuesday.

Sergeant David Lewis says if anyone not in uniform approaches you and claims to be a police officer, you have the right to ask for identification.

“They should have a badge with the state of Oregon symbol on it and also states department they work for. It also should have picture ID with them saying they’re a police officer or federal agent,” said Sgt. Lewis.

He said it’s important for the public to be able to trust the police therefore, officers always happy to show identification when asked.

Sergeant Lewis says Riley will be charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer, as well as unlawful possession of a weapon.

Riley also faces unrelated charges of burglary and theft, connected to crimes being investigated by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

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