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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Man arrested after impersonating a Sheriff’s Office Detective in Vernon County

Detectives with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Nevada resident for impersonating an Investigator with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, his office received information that an individual was calling citizens and identifying himself as a detective in order gain the whereabouts of another individual. A detective with the Sheriff’s Office then called the number reported to him and the individual that answered the phone identified himself again as a detective. The real detectives then responded to the location the phone call was coming from, which was on the Northeast edge of Nevada. During the investigation one Nevada resident was taken into custody for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Mosher said the suspect did not know he was speaking to an actual detective when he identified himself as a detective. “Telling people that you are a cop is illegal and just not a smart thing to do but telling the cops that you are a cop is going to get you caught even faster.”

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Dustin Jones of Nevada, Mo. Jones was arrested and has now been charged with False Impersonation Law Enforcement Officer. Jones has been released on a $2,500 bond from the Vernon County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court.