Police Arrest 3 People Who Were Allegedly Posing As Police Officers

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Police say they've caught three people, who were allegedly posing as law enforcement officials and robbing homes!

28-year old Ronald Turner of Newport, 27-year old Jeremiah Birch, and 23-year old Tanya Birch, both of Booneville, were arrested and face numerous charges.

James Stewart and his girlfriend woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone banging on their back door. He says the person outside yelled that he was with Operation UNITE.

“When I open the door he's standing there with a pistol,” Stewart said.

Stewart says the gun was pointed straight at him.

He says he heard the voice of another man and a woman coming from outside.

He says the gunman told him he was there to search for illegal drugs, and if Stewart moved he would kill him.

The gunman ransacked the home and took prescription medication, 5 guns, and ammunition. But he didn't stop there.

“Go through my wallet, take all the money out, say they gotta check it for marked money,” Stewart said.

While that was going on inside, Stewart says the two other people stayed out here on the porch, acting as lookouts.

“He steps outside, ordering again if we move he'll kill us and he gets in his car, takes off down the road, and we're sitting there in the living room like a couple of dummies,” Stewart said.

Stewart is thankful no one was hurt. He says he believes the three people now in police custody are the robbers who were here Monday night. Now, he'll sleep a little easier.

The suspects were caught after a traffic stop and were taken to the Three Forks Regional Jail.

If you have any information that could help investigators in this case, you should call state police.


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