Making a traffic stop in uniform with a friend in the patrol vehicle, showing off to his girlfriend and identifying himself as a deputy are just some of the things Isael Lima admitted to doing over the weekend while his uncle was out of town.
The 18-year-old, who lives with his uncle, is now facing several felony charges after he impersonated a law enforcement officer, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputy Yoandy Miranda returned home from a weekend trip out of town and noticed that his patrol vehicle and his locked bedroom had been entered, according to the sheriff’s office. He called detectives to investigate but noted that it appeared nothing had been stolen.
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Saturday, Belleview Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call at a convenience store where officers spoke with a man in a deputy’s uniform who identified himself as an off-duty Marion County sheriff’s deputy to them and a MCSO sergeant. The deputy was later determined to be Lima, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sergeant, however, was not familiar with Miranda and did not realize the impersonation, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sunday, Miranda told the sergeant that his home and patrol vehicle had possibly been burglarized over the weekend. That’s when the sergeant realized he had met someone else the night before, according to the sheriff’s office. Body camera footage identified Lima as the person the sergeant interacted with that night.
Lima later admitted to breaking into his uncle’s room and taking his uniform and patrol vehicle as well as impersonating an officer at the store, according to the sheriff’s office.
He also told investigators he picked up a friend who filmed a traffic stop Lima performed while dressed as a deputy. He even stopped by his girlfriend’s house to “impress” her, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lima faces several charges including grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, theft of law enforcement equipment from an emergency vehicle, armed burglary of a dwelling, and impersonating a law enforcement official. He is being held in the Marion County jail on bonds totaling $33,000.