OKLAHOMA CITY — Police have arrested a man for robbery and impersonating an officer at an adult book store.
Authorities said 57-year-old Mark Dewayne Smith, wearing only blue Spandex shorts, approached another man at an adult book store and offered him pornographic magazines.
The police report stated the victim accepted the offer.
“He (the suspect) then told the man he was under arrest for prostitution,” OKC Police MSgt. Gary Knight said. “Well, the man (victim) had not been involved in any crime at that point.”
Police said Smith produced what appeared to be a police badge.
But he was “wearing only blue spandex shorts.”
Police said he was not a real officer, despite claiming to be one the adult bookstore on the 1100 block of S. Eastern Ave.
“It was a very bizarre set of circumstances but the victim did believe him when he told him he was a police officer,” Knight said.
According to the police report, Smith told the victim, “If he didn’t want to go to jail, he would have to pay the police $500.”
Smith allegedly tried to have the victim withdraw money on a credit card and eventually had him drive to a Walmart supermarket at 4420 S. Western, where he told him to buy $250 worth of gift cards.
The victim purchased the cards and gave them to the suspect.
The police report states Smith told the victim “he still owed $250. He said he would collect it next week.”
Nearly four weeks later, early Tuesday morning, Smith was arrested during a routine traffic stop.
Police said real officers don’t collect money.
“A real police officer will never ask you to pay your fine to him,” Knight said. “Never ask you for cash or gift cards. That simply will not happen when you’re dealing with a real police officer. It’s always OK to call 911 to verify that you are indeed dealing with a real police officer.”
The victim was unavailable for comment.
The adult bookstore employees said they did not remember seeing Smith on the property.
The victim was able to give officers information about Smith’s vehicle and tag number which led police to issue an arrest warrant.
Smith is being held at the Oklahoma County jail on a $44,000 bond.