Investigators on the lookout for fake Marine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Investigators on the lookout for fake Marine

(WMC-TV) On this Veterans Day holiday, Mid-South Investigators are hot on the trail of a fake Marine, accused of using honor for deception.

It all started at a Germantown restaurant and led to an ATM. Now police are on the hunt for Lee Patrick Broome, who is said to be a resident of Memphis.

"It's terrible,"said Crystel Urban. "There's plenty of people that were in the military that do need help that can't get help because people are not going to be able to trust them anymore."

Customers at the Chik-fil-A in Germantown are outraged by the scam that started at the restaurant a couple of weeks ago.

Germantown police released a photo take at an ATM last week. Tips from the public identified the man as Lee Patrick Broome.

Action News 5 found a mug shot of him from a previous charge in Memphis, but it is not clear what Broome was charged with.

Germantown Police say the marine impersonator approached a customer at the Germantown Chik-fil-A, showed him a US marine business card and said he locked his wallet in his car. The customer said he would take him to an ATM to get money to get his car unlocked.

When it was all over the customer was out more than $500 and the suspect had taken off.

Action News 5 received emails after our story last week from outraged viewers angry someone would impersonate a marine.

The warrant out for Lee Patrick Broome is for theft over $500and criminal impersonation. If you know where he is, you should call police.

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