Cops Nab Police Impersonator Who Tried to Rob Customer at Edgewater Shell Station
Anne Arundel County Police department spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that police arrested a man on charges of impersonating a police officer around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Edgewater Shell service station in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road. Police took Dagineaux Monroe Thomas, 43, of Harwood, into custody after he allegedly brandished a gun in an attempt to rob a gas station customer.
In the incident report, police were called to the Shell station for a complaint of a man with a gun. While enroute, communications broadcasted a description of the suspect. Officers at the scene saw the person matching the description standing next to a truck. Police searched the man but found no weapon.
Police then spoke to the male victim, 30, who reported that he had pulled into the Shell station to get gas. He said that he was approached by the subject in question who told the victim he was an undercover police officer. The victim said that the suspect lifted his coat from the right side and displayed what the victim believed was the handle of a handgun.
The report said that the suspect asked for money and indicated that he was on a sting operation, Mulcahy said. Witnesses substantiated hearing the suspect identify himself as an officer and ask for money. The victim did not give the suspect any money and walked away.
Thomas was placed under arrest and charged with impersonating a police officer. He was transported to Southern District. Officers and K-9 canvassed the scene in an effort to locate a possible weapon, but were unable to locate one.
[Editor's note: Police did not include a booking photograph in the original release of information to the South River Source.]