An Alabama man was arrested on Tuesday after he impersonated an FBI agent then tried to arrest the town’s mayor.
59-year-old Bobby Beck waltzed into City Hall with a security badge draped around his neck and a pistol strapped to his belt and demanded to see the mayor of Weaver, Al, Wayne Willis. When he was told by an employee that there mayor wasn’t available he said that he would return later to make the arrest.
Naturally, the police were called and no more than an hour later they arrived at Beck’s Anniston, Alabama home to search it. Inside they found a security badge, handcuffs and a pistol.
Surveillance cameras had captured the incident on video and an eyewitness was able to give police the tag number to Beck’s car, giving them all of the necessary information to track down their suspect.
According to the town’s police chief, Wayne Bush, the reason that Beck wanted to arrest the mayor, whose name he didn’t even know, was because he worked part-time rather than full-time and Beck thought it was illegal. Bush also said that Beck claimed he would have shot Willis if he hadn’t traveled with him to an undisclosed location.
“Even in small town America, we have to worry about these concerns,” Mayor Willis said. “I’m not so much worried about my own safety, but for the safety of my employees.”