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Dumb criminals: man allegedly impersonates officer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB)--Police are supposed to enforce the laws - not break them.

WDRB's Stephan Johnson continues our series on Kentuckiana's "dumbest criminals," and shows us the bold move that put one "would be cop" in the back seat of a real police cruiser.

"His actions were very bold," says Det. John Green, with LMPD's 6th Division.

Louisville Metro Police say they have surveillance footage of Taronn Conley leaving the Hurstbourne Lane Walmart in September of this year.

Det. Green says, "He tried to walk out without paying for merchandise. And as he was walking to the door he was approached by two employees."

Green says what Conley did next was bold and dangerous.  "When they asked him for his receipt, he pointed down to his gun and then he pulled the gun and pointed it at them."

Police say Conley also had a badge and eventually left the store without the merchandise, but this security video made it pretty easy to find him.  "I was shocked when I saw the video, I could not believe that he walked into that Walmart with a gun on his side and a badge next to it, that was very shocking."

The shock doesn't end there.  "I don't know exactly how many phone calls we got that evening but it was two or three, I believe. It was the same evening that we actually put it on the news," says Det. Green.

Those phone calls led police to the YMCA on Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.  Turns out, Conley had a job.  He worked in the childcare department at the Y, which also explains the badge.

Det. Green explains, "He said he was using those to essentially deputize the kids at the YMCA to help him out...basically be a helper with him while he was working there."

The security footage and phones calls made it an easy case to solve, but police still don't know why.  "You're dealing with children, you would think you would have a little more sense -- especially in a place that has cameras -- than to walk into a place that's obviously going to be able to figure out who you are. I think it was very dumb, very dumb."

If convicted, the trip to Walmart could cost Conley several years in prison. Meanwhile, if you're wanted by police, probably the last thing you want to do is make them mad.

"We hear that probably more times than I can even think of, and obviously we weren't eating doughnuts, we were out working and looking for him," says Det. Kevin Peak, with LMPD.

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