Baltimore County police said they have charged an teenager with impersonating a police officer outside .
A male driving a black Chevrolet with flashing police-style lights pulled over a vehicle before 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, according to police. A mall security guard, witnessing the stop, saw the male approach the vehicle and heard him say, "How you doing, ma'am, Maryland State Police," according to a Baltimore County police report.
The security guard then approached the male after the stop because the guard said that the male appeared too young to be a legitimate police officer. The male then identified himself as a Maryland State Police trooper, the police report states.
When asked for identification, the male said his badge and identification card were in the marked car in the driveway of his home, police said. When asked which barrack he worked at, the male said he was a cadet with the transit authority, a police report states.
The security guard then recorded information from the male's Maryland driver's license, allowed him to leave and reported the incident to police, according to a police report.
Police identified the male as a 17-year-old Abingdon teen and went to his home. The boy confirmed that he had been outside of White Marsh earlier in the day and told police he was trying to make people move out of a mall fire lane, according to the police report.
The teenager told police that he was planning on applying for a job with a police agency in the near future, but currently had no affiliation with one. Police seized three police-style light bars from his vehicle and released him into the custody of his father, a police report states.
He was charged as a juvenile with impersonating a police officer, said of the . Police are investigating to determine if the teenager is connected with other illegal traffic stops in Harford County.
Investigators do not believe that the teenager has made any physical contact with victims during traffic stops, Balog said.
If residents are approached by an officer who they find suspicious, they are encouraged to request identification or request that a uniformed officer arrive on the scene to assist.
If the officer leaves the scene, drivers are encouraged to call 911 and report the incident immediately, Balog said.
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