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Shoplifter claims to be sheriff's deputy

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Police arrested a man Thursday who claimed to be a Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy, while attempting to shoplift at a Dollar General in Laurel County.

Police searched for the suspect for a few days before asking the community for help, but only a few hours after posting a picture on Facebook, anonymous tip led them to an arrest.

Robert Trabish claims he is innocent.

Reporter, Rebekah Pewitt: “Do you have anything to say?”
Robert Trabish: “No ma'am. I didn't do what they're saying I did that's all I can say.”

Police say Trabish is the man in surveillance video taken from the Dollar General on HWY 229.

Employees told police Trabish tried to steal items from the store on Sunday, and then lied about who he was.

“When they confronted him, he displayed a badge and said he was a deputy, and they asked him to leave the store and not come back,” says Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Police found Trabish and the fake badge at his home Thursday.

“They wanted to know where the badge was, and well Robbie had given Marie the badge. She had it in her purse so she gave it to the cops, and they took them both to jail,” says Trabish’s neighbor Rikki Neeley.

She had seen the badge before saying, “He's had it for months. He's had it for months on his wallet he bought it at the flea market.”

But the fact that he used it, made police consider him dangerous.

“If he’s willing to display a badge in circumstances like this, we would be afraid that he might get in his car and stop a car, or he might try doing something with somebody else,” says Acciardo.

Both Trabish and Marie Richardson are now at the Laurel County Detention Center, leaving only real deputies on the streets.

Trabish was charged with impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with physical evidence.

Richardson was also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

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