Animal Control Officer pretends to be a police officer to avoid paying $5 for parking and $6 for football game ticket


Austin Thompson 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man saved himself a total of $11 before he was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

The incident took place at a football game at the Tenoroc High School in Polk County, Florida.

According to police, the PCSO Animal Control Officer wanted to attend the game, but he did not want to spend any money.

Police said that Austin Thompson, 21, of Winter Haven, pretended to be an undercover officer who was working as a security guard at the game so he can get in without paying.

First he saved the $5 parking fee by showing the parking attendant his silver-colored civilian agency badge and he told the attendant that he was an undercover deputy.

After a brief discussion, police said that the parking attendant allowed Thompson to park without paying.

He then tried his luck at the ticket booth to save the $6 entry fee.

However, the school officials who were working at the booth did not believe Thompson when he claimed to be an undercover deputy sheriff.

A school official informed a PCSO deputy sheriff who was working as security at the field. The officer followed Thompson who was walking back to his car when he was denied entry for free.

After confronting Thompson over his claims of being an undercover officer, police searched his car and found a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in the armrest between the two front seats.

Thompson was arrested on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, possession of firearm on school property and one count petit theft.