‘Fake policeman’ facing two charges
MIDDLEBURY — Police have brought a pair of charges against a 21-year-old Rutland man accused of posing as both a Vermont State Police trooper and a U.S. marshal at local businesses this month.
Eric W. Turco has been behind bars since he was arrested on July 14 in Middlebury. Police discovered an outstanding warrant for his arrest related to a pending charge that he impersonated a Bellows Falls police officer.
Middlebury police said earlier this month that they had received a report that Turco posed as a state police trooper while asking employees at Greg’s Meat Market if they had seen a man he described as a “dangerous rapist” in the area.
No new impersonation charge was brought against Turco when he was arrested earlier this month.
But after further investigation, police in Middlebury announced this week they had issued two criminal citations to Turco on misdemeanor charges of impersonating a trooper at the meat market and for claiming to be a U.S. marshal at another local business.
Police said Turco carried handcuffs and a toy star-shaped badge as proof of his identity.