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When impersonating a police officer, beware of pulling over an actual police officer.
That’s what did in one alleged phony cop in Prince George’s County.
Anthony Kenneth Mastrogiovanni was driving his white pickup truck on southbound Route 301 in Upper Marlboro, Md., about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday when he attempted to perform a traffic stop on a Capitol Heights police officer in her personal vehicle.
Mastrogiovanni told the officer he was a military police officer from Louisiana and advised the officer that he was speeding, police said. The officer in turn told Mastrogiovanni he was out of his jurisdiction, and having blue and red emergency equipment in his truck was against the law in Maryland, police said.
The suspect left the area, and the officer called Prince George’s County police and followed the suspect until they arrived.
Mastrogiovanni, 29, was charged with impersonating a police officer and was released on personal recognizance.
Police want anyone who may have been victimized by Mastrogiovanni to contact them at 301-856-3130 or anonymously through Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).