Man Arrested For Claiming To Be A Cop

He was also charged with weapons and drug offenses.



Frederick, Md (KM) A man who claimed he was a police officer but isn’t was arrested on Saturday. Dwayne Cochise Sines, 48, of Keymar is charged with having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in his vehicle, disorderly conduct, making  a false statement to a police officer, obstructing and hindering a police officer, drug possession (not marijuana) and possession of Schedule II Oxycodone, impersonating a police officer and concealing a dangerous weapon.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Brian Bittenmaster, was at the High’s Gas Station and Convenience Store in Woodsboro when  he saw a man wearing a black polo shirt, black pants and a black hat with the words “Narcotics”:written across the front. He got into a conversation with Sines, who told the deputy he was a police officer in Baltimore and was looking for a detective job in this areas. He had a black hat on his vehicle’s dashboard with the words “POLICE” and a gold style police badge hanging from the rear view mirror.

Deputy Bittenmaster asked if Sines if he was armed. The defendant said he had a handgun on his right hip.

Sine was asked to present some police identification. He flipped through his wallet, but no official I-D or badge was located.

Then Deputy Bittenmaster placed handcuffs on Sines, and retrieved the gun from his right hip. A search of his vehicle netted a another handgun, a semi-automatic shotgun, several rounds of ammunition, a container with a green, powdery substance and Oxycodone, for which he did not have a prescription.

Sines was taken to the Adult Detention Center.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to be vigilant when identifying legitimate law enforcement officers. The agency says deputies are required to display or wear their badges while on duty, and are required to provide you with their names and badge numbers when asked.

To report any suspicious activity, call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-600-1046, or the anonymous Tip Line at 301-600-4131.


By Kevin McManus