A man accused of impersonating an officer multiple times at different Columbus homes is scheduled for court today.
Bin’keve Leconnette Walton was 25 when a Muscogee County grand jury indicted him in December on three counts of impersonating an officer, two counts of financial transaction card theft and one count each of armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, financial transaction card fraud, theft by receiving stolen property and theft by bringing stolen property into the state.
Police said Walton wore a gun holster, tan pants, black boots and a black shirt bearing a gold star when he impersonated an officer at two different homes on July 7.
The first was on Lullwater Road, where Walton told a woman he wanted to search her home for a fugitive. She let Walton inside, and he grabbed her hands after she asked for his supervisor. She escaped when he reached for his handcuffs and barricaded herself inside an upstairs room. When she returned downstairs, she noticed her purse was missing, police said.
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Authorities said the woman’s check card was used at a gas station less than 30 minutes later.
Police said Walton went to a Midland home later that day and claimed to be a deputy. The homeowner refused to let him inside, and he left in a tan SUV.
A tip led police to peg Walton as a suspect. He was found at a Columbus apartment complex and arrested. He then confessed to both incidents, police said.
Walton was charged with a third count of impersonating an officer days later when a woman saw his picture and approached police. She said that Walton came to her Ruben Street apartment around Dec. 19, 2009, dressed as a deputy. Walton said he was looking for someone with an outstanding warrant, but the woman refused to let him inside.