Arroyo Grande man accused of impersonating an officer
February 13, 2014
A former Arroyo Grande police officer and a U.S. Forest Service ranger were indicted for allegedly utilizing federal owned equipment to impersonate an officer.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has charged the men with three felonies alleging the pair conspired to use a government vehicle for personal use, according to the indictment. They are slated to go to court on March 11.
A police officer for 30 years, Larry Cooper met forest ranger Scott Alguire at the Elks Club where they were both members. The manager of a ranch bordering the Los Padres National Forest where Alguire worked would complain to Cooper that poachers and hunters from the national forest were trespassing on the ranch.
Alquire, who was the fleet manager for the Forest Service, allegedly provided Cooper a marked forest service law enforcement vehicle to drive while he stopped visitors to the Los Padres National Forest and asked for identification in an attempt to deter them from trespassing on the neighboring ranch. He allegedly had a rifle in the vehicle and one on his person when he made the stops.