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LMPD: YMCA employee impersonated cop, stole car

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a man who tried to pass himself off as a police officer while trying to steal hundreds of dollars in Walmart merchandise is behind bars at Metro Corrections.

Metro Police say Taronn Conley tried to pass himself off as an officer of the law.

"He was actually a really nice guy to talk to," said LMPD Detective John Green. "The situation is very strange."

But instead, he's now on the other side of the law.

"He admitted that it was him and that he was the one that went into the Walmart, acting as a police officer and all that," Green said.

Detectives say, acting as a police officer, Conley tried to leave the Walmart on South Hurstbourne with a cart full of merchandise he didn't pay for -- and flashed a badge and gun when confronted.

Detective Green says they had no leads until WDRB aired surveillance pictures from Walmart.

"We had no clue who this was."

Shortly after WDRB's story aired, police started getting calls from people saying the man in the pictures worked at the YMCA on Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.

"Spoke with some Jeffersonville Police detectives and they were able to get over there first. They located the vehicle that we were looking for."

Someone from YMCA told WDRB by phone that Conley works in the childcare program there.

"I wouldn't want him around my kids, but at the same time, he doesn't fit the profile of what I would think of somebody that I would think would be a criminal," Green said.

And that might explain something else that happened when police arrested Conley. Police said earlier this week they suspected he was driving a silver Toyota Camry.

"He told us, 'hey I am going to give you all one more piece of information, the car I am driving is stolen.'"

And there's more: police also found out how Conley got his hands on a badge.

"He purchased several of them at like one of the dollar stores," Green said. "And he was using those for rewards for the kids at the YMCA."

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