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Mid-South man busted for impersonating police officer

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LULA, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man was arrested after he posed as a police officer.

Thomas Taylor is charged with theft of services over $1,000 after what police described as a confidence game.

According to the affidavit of complaint, when Taylor rented an apartment at an upscale community at the Greens on Irene, he flashed a police badge and told the manager he worked for the Lula Police Department.

When the apartment complex tried to cash Taylor's checks, Bank of America returned them because they had been written on a closed account.

When apartment managers called Taylor, police said he answered the phone pretending to be a Lula Police sergeant and took messages intended for himself.

Lula is a small community in Mississippi, south of Tunica, with a population of 370.  It has a police department made up of one full-time officer and one part-time officer, neither of whom are Taylor.

Lula Mayor Patricia Furdge confirmed by phone she had never heard of Taylor and that he is not a Lula officer.

Taylor was still in the Shelby County Jail Thursday, charged with theft and impersonating a police officer.

The affidavit indicates Taylor is on parole from a federal case.  His bond was set at $25,000.

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