Berkley man arrested for impersonating Taunton Police officer
By: News Staff
TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) – A Berkley man was arrested for impersonating a police officer at the Starbucks inside of the Target in Taunton.
A woman reported to Taunton Police Monday that Kevin Cook, 46, of Berkley, had brandished a police badge, identified himself as an officer, and followed her around.
The woman told police that while at Starbucks in Target a few months prior, she and the same alleged police officer exchanged a brief conversation.
From that point on, she noticed Cook would coincidentally be at that location almost every time she was there.
She jokingly said to him that he was stalking her, and that she would have to call the police.
Cook then lifted his shirt to show the badge, and the woman said she felt safe that he was a real officer.
He would continue to appear at the Target Starbucks more and more, even though the woman would stop there at various days and times.
Cook drove a black Ford Explorer with police equipment on the outside, and would park close to the victim’s vehicle.
The victim stated that she would go to a different Starbucks location when she felt uncomfortable with Cook’s presence.
After she changed locations, Cook showed up in the parking lot.
The victim was alarmed and started to doubt her previous belief that he was an officer when he attempted to engage in conversation laced with sexual comments.
She took photos of Cook’s registration plate and vehicle before driving to the Taunton Police Department.
She told police that he was currently at the Starbucks, and cruisers were dispatched to find the Ford Explorer.
The Explorer was found with tinted windows, a push bar on the front, Police Interceptor sticker, multiple strobe lights, and multiple antennas.
Even though the vehicle was in Cook’s name, an officer stated that the Explorer displaced an authentic presentation of a police vehicle.
Inside, the center console was equipped with radios, a cage separating the front seat from the rear seat, and items used in police work such as handcuffs, a tough book laptop computer, and flash lights.
The radios inside the vehicle had access to local police and fire frequencies that allowed him to receive information and also communication which is prohibited by federal law.
Cook was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Police Officer, Criminal Harassment, Possession of Burglarious tools, and Disturbing the peace.
No word yet on when Cook will appear in court.
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