On Monday, June 1, at 6:07 p.m., Treasure Island police responded to the a call at the 11200 block of Treasure Island beach when a caller reported a man had approached him and asked him for identification.
The suspect, 25-year-old Anthony R. Adolph, was later located in the parking lot of the St. Petersburg Municipal Beach. An investigation revealed that Adolph had allegedly stopped several persons, identified himself as a police officer and asked for their identification. In at least one incident, a victim provided his driver’s license to Adolph who then looked at the ID before handing it back to the man.
A pregnant female witness refused to provide her identification when Adolph asked for it. A third witness, who was in his vehicle at the time, reported that Adolph flagged him down in the parking lot and asked him for identification. The man refused to provide his ID to Adolph, drove away and immediately called police.
Adolph, a Tampa resident, told officers he was scheduled to attend the police academy in Hillsborough County in the fall. Adolph appeared to have been under the influence at the time. He was arrested and charged with Falsely Personating An Officer and later transported to the Pinellas County Jail where he is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.
The public is reminded to use caution when approached by a plain-clothes person who identifies himself/herself as a police officer. During most public encounters of this type, a uniformed officer will respond. In rare cases, a plain-clothes detective may respond. If you do not observe a law enforcement badge or credential, or if you suspect the person may be impersonating an officer, remain in your vehicle or move to a visible public area and immediately call 911.
Anyone with information regarding Adolph’s actions is encouraged to contact Officer Liz Deese at 727-547-4592.
Source: Treasure Island Police Department