Man arrested for allegedly impersonating a cop

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A Pueblo man is in hot water after allegedly pretending to be a police officer.

The police department says 55-year-old Robert Nemeth and a 36-year-old companion approached a vehicle at the Loaf 'N Jug at 905 W. U.S. Highway 50 early Monday morning and told the driver he was suspected of being on drugs. Nemeth allegedly identified himself and his partner as police officers, but the driver didn't believe him and got out of his car. As he walked towards the store, Nemeth allegedly "warned" him he did not have permission to leave the vehicle.

The man went inside the Loaf 'N Jug and told the clerk what was going on.

When he came back out, Nemeth was waiting. The suspect allegedly told him, "Tonight is your lucky night. I'm going to let you leave."

Nemeth and his partner got back in their truck, but as they started to leave, the truck stalled in the parking lot. Actual police officers weren't far behind, and as they searched the truck, reported finding a rifle, pellet gun -- and a badge in Nemeth's wallet that read "police officer."

Police say Nemeth later admitted that he had pretended to be a cop.

Nemeth is now facing charges of impersonating a peace officer, as well as possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The Pueblo Police Department now asks anyone who was contacted by the suspect under similar circumstances to call Sgt. Corey Purvis at 719-553-2426.