Former-loss prevention employee charged with impersonating officer

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – 38-year-old Ricky Jay Ball was charged with impersonating an officer, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Ball called the Greenville Police Department Saturday, May 28, to pick up a shoplifter at Sears. He’s a loss prevention supervisor there and, instead of picking up the shoplifter, Ball was apprehended.

Here’s an excerpt from the news release distributed by Greenville PD:

The Greenville Police Department launched an investigation into Mr. Ball after a woman reported Ball had informed her he was an officer with the State Bureau of Investigation and told her he could assist her in getting out of parking tickets she had acquired. The woman was surprised when, after Ball told her he had taken care of the tickets, she still received a late notice for unpaid parking tickets.  After investigating further, officers discovered that Ball had, on multiple occasions this year, told people he worked for the State Bureau of Investigation and made statements about arrests he had made. He was also observed in possession of blue lights, a silver badge and a handgun in a holster.

Ball’s history revealed two convictions for impersonating a police officer. He is currently on active federal probation for the offenses.

Investigators believe Ball may be using aliases and false Social Security numbers to fool others into thinking he was in law enforcement.

If you have more information about Ricky Ball please contact the Greenville Police Department, 252-329-4807.

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