A 30 year old Aptos man pretended to be a cop, and then got arrested by the real thing last week.
Santa Cruz police were called to a motel on Pacific Avenue, where employees said Randy Costere was being loud in the hallway, talking to two women at 4 a.m. When staff asked him to keep the noise down, Costere said he was conducting an interview and showed the employee the gun on his hip and a badge.
Costere didn't threaten the man.
Santa Cruz police found Costere in the motel room with the two women and arrested him on charges of impersonating an officer, carrying a loaded firearm in public and giving a false name to an officer.
The gun and badge belonged to Costere's father who is a retired police officer and was out of town at the time.
SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel