Bunnell, FL – A Florida man allegedly flashed a fake badge and claimed to be an undercover officer in order to get a law enforcement discount at a Wendy’s restaurant on Monday.
It was a ruse 57-year-old Jesse David Stover had been using for years, the Bunnell Police Department (BPD) said in a media release on Tuesday.
Stover’s scheme was uncovered on April 11, after he barged into the Wendy’s restaurant on Commerce Parkway and demanded to be given a law enforcement discount, according to police.
BPD officers responded to the business after receiving a report of “suspicious activity” and spoke with a customer and several employees.
They discovered that after Stover allegedly demanded the discount, he was asked to provide his law enforcement identification, according to the press release.
“He quickly flashed a gold-colored badge to the Wendy’s staff and then demanded the discount again,” the BPD said. “When the request was denied, an argument ensued.”
During the verbal altercation, Stover allegedly told the staff he was not a police officer, but that he worked as an “undercover agent” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Officers determined the badge Stover flashed during the confrontation was actually a concealed weapon permit badge “which is very similar to a law enforcement badge,” the BPD said.
They also learned Stover was a frequent customer at the restaurant, and that he had been “demanding and getting” the law enforcement discount under false pretenses for more than two years, according to the press release.
Stover was arrested and charged with falsely impersonating an officer.
According to the arrest report, Stover told police he worked as a police officer “a long time ago,” but that he was “fired because he was an alcoholic,” Flagler Live reported.
He was released on $2,500 bond later in the day.