Ventura police have arrested a 44-year-old Glendale man who was allegedly trying to pass as an LAPD officer on Sunday, authorities said.
A caller alerted police shortly before 1 p.m. that four "suspicious" males were standing around a police car in a parking lot on Capri Avenue east of Johnson Drive, and one of them was putting on a Los Angeles Police Department uniform, according to a news release from the Ventura Police Department.
When officers arrived, they observed Oliver James wearing an LAPD uniform, badge and name plate, along with a patrol duty belt and a gun, police officials said in the release. He was standing next to a black and white vehicle that looked like a patrol car and had "Police" written on the side of it.
James then allegedly identified himself to police as an active off-duty LAPD officer, the release stated.
An investigation into James led to the discovery that he was not employed by LAPD, nor was he a sworn police officer, officials said.
He was booked into Ventura County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and carrying a firearm, according to the release.
The police car, which was impounded, had been sold by LAPD in 2012 and has not been registered since then. The three other males were released at the scene.