INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis man pretending to be a police officer was arrested during fallen IMPD Officer Rod Bradway's funeral procession Thursday.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers say Minh Van Nguyen, 38, was seen at the Northwest roll call site wearing a police-type uniform and photographing the funeral events. Police say his uniform matched an IMPD uniform and he was wearing a fake badge. He had patches identifying himself as an officer and also wore a belt that included two visible firearms, a radio with shoulder microphone, two sets of handcuffs and a stun gun.
"Impersonation is the best form of flattery but we are not flattered," said IMPD Spokesman Mike Hewitt.
While taking photos at the northwest district, he was approached by a fellow photographer who asked him if he was with the department and Nguyen said yes.
The police report stated that an IMPD officer recognized Nguyen as a person he had warned several times about impersonating a police officer. Because he identified himself as an IMPD officer, police placed him under arrest.
Once he was arrested, police found items stolen from IMPD inside of his car. Items found included nine identification cards for nine different people, city property room slips and evidence envelopes. Police say the public doesn't have access to those items.
Also in his car was a working siren box, flashing lights, a radio set to police frequencies, a scanner set to police frequencies, cameras, binoculars and telephoto lenses. Police say drivers are unauthorized to have those items inside of their personal vehicles.
Detectives executed a search warrant of Nguyen’s home where they found more guns, police uniforms and miscellaneous police equipment.
In July 2012, Nguyen's neighbor filed a police report after the neighbor said he found a hidden camera in his bedroom that fed back live images of his wife to Nguyen's house. The neighbor went back to his home and found a camera that had been installed inside his smoke detector.
In a 2011 report, he was a security officer for an apartment complex near 25th Street and Post Road. According to police reports, in 2004, he was caught pulling vehicles over while wearing a security guard uniform. Police confronted him although he was not arrested.
Investigators are trying to determine how Nguyen got a hold of the police items.
"Someone like this is a danger to society, he can also be a danger to us police officers," said Hewitt.
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