CMPD arrests man accused of impersonating a police officer in Charlotte

Authorities found that the man was in possession of a stolen CMPD badge.
Police arrested 29-year-old Stephen Burke Bridges after he allegedly posed as a CMPD officer.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:58 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has arrested and charged a man that they say impersonated a police officer in the Charlotte area.

During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, police identified the man as 29-year-old Stephen Burke Bridges.

Police said that Bridges was employed as a security guard at a bar in the South End area, but never worked for CMPD.

Bridges allegedly touted a stolen CMPD badge, which was reported missing by its owner.

During the investigation, police said they obtained photos of the suspect posing as an officer. They do not believe though that he made any traffic stops or executed any “official acts.”

He is being charged with three counts of impersonating a law-enforcement officer, possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by a false pretense, and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office records, Bridges has since bonded out of jail. His total bond was set at $33,000.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call 911.

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