18-year-old arrested for impersonating law enforcement officer

West Melbourne Police laid it all out on the table: a badge, several airsoft guns, handcuffs, police polo and more.

It was all found, police say, in the possession of Thristhian Brumby, 18, of Orlando. He allegedly stored it all in his car: a 2013 Chevy Malibu, which is similar to what some police departments drive.

"There's nothing illegal about that," said Capt. Rich Cordeau, spokesman for the West Melbourne Police Department.  

"But, when you combine these items with the type of vehicle he was in and with the type of weapons he had, and the shirt - that's where the problem comes," he said.

Brumby looked every bit a jail inmate when he went before a judge following his arrest on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

But, police say Brumby told them he was a cop, when an officer asked for his ID at Rhodes Park Tuesday night. Officers say the teenager was hanging out with a woman after closing. He was approached by officers and asked for his ID.

"He said he was, in fact, hired by the Orlando Police Department and he was currently in the police academy at Valencia Community College," Capt. Cordeau said.

Police say they found no record of Brumby's employment by OPD or enrollment at Valencia. They say Brumby is really a clerk at Wal-Mart, who owned a troubling combination of police equipment.

The most concerning part to police, they say, were the weapons. Although none of them were real, police displayed a real Glock 20 and a real assault rifle next to the airsoft guns Brumby allegedly owned to show how similar they look. Police say what initially threw them off is Brumby spoke like a real cop.

"He spoke the lingo. He knew a lot of the insight to law enforcement, and he spoke as if he were a seasoned officer," Cordeau said.

Brumby was released from jail under strict conditions, including no purchasing of police paraphernalia.

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