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Stickem Up

Hector S. Garcia-Martinez, 35, must have dreamed of being in law enforcement for some time. The Joliet, Ill., man allegedly pulled up behind two women sitting in their parked car and told them he was a cop. They were unconvinced, so “He pointed to the Woodridge Police Junior Officer sticker that was on his front license plate,” said Deputy Chief Mike Trafton. That didn’t help: the women called 911. When real officers arrived, Garcia-Martinez tried the same gambit on them, but they didn’t bite. They searched his car and found an open beer, drugs, and firearms, and hauled Garcia-Martinez to the county jail on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and impersonating a police officer. Woodridge Police Chief Steven Herron said such stickers are typically given out to children, and “do not entitle [recipients] to any police powers.” (JW/Joliet Herald-News) ...Nor, obviously, any super powers.
Original Publication Date: 08 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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