Man identified, wanted in connection with impersonating a police officer at retail stores

Buddy Todd Mount (Columbia Police Department)

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WACH) -- Columbia Police Investigators say they’ve identified a man accused of impersonating a police officer at two different retail stores.

Police have arrest warrants for Buddy Todd Mount, according to the department. Once he’s found and arrested, he will be charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and shoplifting.

The department says Mount should be considered armed and dangerous, however.

The Lexington Police Department initially announced they were trying identify a man who falsely presented himself as a Federal Law Enforcement officer.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 18, Lexington Police say Mount went into the Gamestop located on Sunset Boulevard and identified himself as a U.S. Marshal.

Mount attempted to convince employees that he needed access to inspect gaming consoles.

Mount presented a badge and was wearing handcuffs. He is believed to have been armed with a handgun in a holster on his waist.

Mount then attempted the same scheme at the Gamestop on Broad River Road on June 17, according to Lexington police.

In neither case did employees allow Mount access to merchandise or entry into the back of the store.

Mount is described as a white male approximately 50 years of age with a stocky build and dark hair.

He appears to have had a tracheotomy scar on his neck as well.

He was last seen leaving both locations driving a black four-door sedan, possibly a VW Passat.

If anyone has seen Mount or has any information about the incident, you are urged to call the Lexington Police Department at 803-359-6260 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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