OK. man impersonates police officer, demands discount spray tan, gets arrested instead

By Tom Boggioni
Sunday, April 6, 2014 19:13 EDT
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A Tulsa, Oklahoma man is jail after flashing a stolen police badge at the manager of a tanning salon and demanding a discount on a spray tan, according to News9 Oklahoma.

Dustin Lee Bell, 25, was arrested after the arguing with the salon manager that he should only be charged $10 for a $34 spray tan. After the manager returned from calling the police, he noticed that a bottle of tanning lotion has disappeared from behind the counter.

When police arrived, they found Bell wearing a police badge on his sweater that he said he found in a South Tulsa car wash. Contacting dispatch, officers were told that the badge had been reported stolen by a Sand Springs police officer.

Bell was taken into custody and, during the booking inventory process, it was discovered he had a Sam’s Club card in his wallet belonging to the same police officer.

Bell faces charges of possessing stolen property, larceny, and false impersonation of a police officer.

[photo Tulsa PD mugshot]

Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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