Alleged police impersonator caught

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A man who has allegedly been impersonating a police officer in the Heritage Lake area was apprehended Wednesday.

Sheriff Mark Frisbie said Thomas Peyton, 65, Coatesville, was employed by Marion County at one time as a special deputy, as well as being a deputy constable, both of which gave him full enforcement rights. He was also employed by Marion County as a security guard at the City-County Building.

Peyton was relieved of his Wayne Township duties on March 16. Then on May 2, he was let go by Marion County.

On May 21 at 1:30 p.m., Peyton followed a Heritage Lake resident into her driveway and approached her. He flashed a badge and began yelling at her for speeding. When she asked for his name, he told her it was none of her business, threw her license and registration at her and took off.

A second incident occurred on May 26. A Roachdale woman was on C.R. 25 East turning onto U.S. 36 when she was pulled over by what she believed to be an off-duty police officer. Peyton approached the car and performed a typical traffic stop; however, the woman believed something to be awry and asked for the officer's identification.

Following the traffic stop, the Roachdale resident drove into Bainbridge and saw Marshal Rodney Fenwick sitting in his police cruiser. She told him about the stop, at which time Fenwick went to investigate and hoped to find the vehicle.

On Wednesday, Detective Pat McFadden served a search warrant on Peyton's residence.

The Sheriff's Department found guns, identification badges that looked official, a portable radio, radar gun and red and blue lights in his car. At that time, he was arrested and taken to Putnam County Jail.

Peyton is set to appear in Circuit Court Friday at 2 p.m. for his initial hearing.

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  • What was he thinking? It is scary just how many mentally unstable people there are in this world. Thankfully he was caught before he harmed someone.

    For those of you reporting him and being smart enough to ask of ID, thank you because you may have saved someone from actual harm!

    -- Posted by opinion on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 7:34 AM
  • He should probably be glad that he didn't find someone less stable than he is.

    -- Posted by JustinH on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 7:59 AM
  • It's a control issue. Most of our (employed) law enforcement personnel are control freaks as well, and probably equally unstable.

    -- Posted by '74tiger on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 9:20 AM
  • Thankful he got caught. But, tiger74 this incident does not mean law enforcement- that do their job well are control freaks or unstable.I don't care if they are law enforcement on the streets or in a prison. These are very hard working dedicated people and with continuing training to help protect you and the public.What he did is probably why he wasn't working-at least in the jobs he had in law enforcement.I work as a correction officer and I work very hard and work long hours to protect the public so no one escapes.I make good decisions every day and get continous training to give 150% and I am very stable.I have respect for all law enforcement and it is unfortunate we don't get more respect for what we do everyday from the public.Everyone out there that reads this-a police officer-sherriff officers-K-9,state police-correctional officers etc-Keep up the good job you do everyday and keep safe.This community needs us whether they realize it or not.

    -- Posted by peace2019 on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 11:44 AM
  • 74 tiger has obviously had run-ins with law enforcement. Otherwise how would he or she be able to judge all police officers by the actions of one nut. Did you ever think that, this might be why he was dismissed from his other jobs? Duh!!! Real intelligent response. Who knows, Bam, this person has probably been one of your residents at the jail.

    -- Posted by magoo55 on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 3:20 PM
  • I met this person twice at Heritage Lake, and he completely fooled me. I truly believed he was a real officer. he was parked across the road from my house. I had called 911, but he was monitoring the police channel as well. He flashed his badge and ID to me, so I thought he was real. Thank the Lord he was caught. This is a big lesson for me.

    -- Posted by Dr Steve on Sat, Jun 21, 2008, at 7:29 AM
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