15-year-old accused of posing as Shelby Co. sheriff's deputy

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South teen has been arrested for posing as a Shelby County sheriff's deputy.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, 15-year-old Joseph Daniels used a smart phone to call people, pretending to be a deputy, "Captain Tyrone Banks."

Daniels told his victims he had discovered a fake charge on a debit card, but needed verification, and asked them to give him their card numbers.

A sheriff's office spokesperson said Daniels used the stolen card numbers to buy over $500 worth of pizza, pay an $800 utility bill for a friend's mom, and even spent $715 to charter a tour bus to take him and his friends to Laser Quest.

Daniels was caught when four witnesses who provided the services for the Laser Quest party picked him out of a photo lineup.

J.C. Penny, who was targeted by Daniels, said police scanner noise was in the background when he took a call from him.

"He kept on for several minutes trying to get me to give him a card number," said Penny.

Penny said Daniels told him his card had fraudulent charges and he needed Penny to confirm his card number.

"I kept him on the phone for a few minutes and he kept getting more irate that I wouldn't help him," said Penny.

The scanner noise was from a smart phone app.  That is where he also got his victim's names, addresses and phone numbers.

Daniels is charged with three felonies related to theft.  He is also charged with impersonating an officer, which is a misdemeanor.

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