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Routine traffic stop yields stolen police paraphernalia

BCSO detains 4 in bizarre traffic stop

At least four people are facing a long list of charges including possession of stolen law enforcement uniforms and paraphernalia.
At least four people are facing a long list of charges including possession of stolen law enforcement uniforms and paraphernalia.

A quiet Sunday morning quickly turned into a potentially big bust for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office after deputies pulled over a truck missing a front license plate.

Two men in the truck had traffic warrants out and deputies found even more when they looked inside.

"There was narcotics found, police paraphernalia we believe was stolen and a stolen vehicle found on the property," said Sgt. Raymond Pollard, BCSO.

Pollard said a woman in the truck was allowed to enter a home to drop off a dog in the 2500 block of Westgard where the stop was made.

She then came out with what turned into more evidence in a growing investigation.

"It's a patrol bag that says 'San Antonio Police Department.' We have found that there were numerous badges from different agencies along with patches," said Pollard.

According to Pollard, the uniforms and badges represent at least five different agencies including SAPD, BCSO and the City of San Antonio.

"They may be using these uniforms to commit other types of crimes. The city employee uniform may have been used to go on to people's properties as they look like a city employee," said Pollard.

Deputies detained four people but say there may be more suspects. Charges range from theft of a vehicle to narcotics and theft of law enforcement property. They have verified the authenticity of at least one of the badges.

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