Two Florida brothers were arrested for allegedly cruising around in "patrol" cars complete with handcuffs, sirens and microphones to talk to misbehaving drivers – except they weren’t really cops.
Glenn, 49, and Gregory Hooper of Orange County are facing third-degree felony charges of impersonating police officers. Police say one of the suspects said he worked as a “crime watch liaison” for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, while both carried around a gun and handcuffs as part of the fake act, WFTV reports.
"He'll drive by and hit his siren or spotlight at night,” said Michael Goldman, a neighbor of the Hoopers. “I mean, I always thought he was police.”
Orange County authorities were tipped on the impersonators when a driver called them to report that Glenn tried to pull him over.
A sister of the brothers, who didn’t wanted to be identified, said they treated their impersonations as a hobby.
"Our dad was a police officer, so they just like police stuff," she said.