BENTON TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A man has been charged for impersonating an officer while trying to purchase a gun with a stolen badge in Benton Township.
Marquise Lewis, 21, of Zion, Ill., is charged with a felony count of falsely impersonating a peace officer.
Police say employees at 5 Star Firearms called the Lake County Sheriff’s Office after Lewis came into the store attempting to buy a weapon.
Lewis identified himself as a police officer, while presenting a badge. The employees had doubts about his police officer status and contacted authorities.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded and confirmed he was not a police officer.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lewis had been a civilian employee of the city of Zion and stole an officer’s badge during his employment.
Lewis appeared in court Tuesday and was released on a $25,000 Recognizance Bond.
He will appear in court again on July 11.