“Believe it or not, he had actually presented himself to a couple of our officers as a border patrol agent,” said Investigator Wesley Burnett of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. “... This was prior to his arrest sometime back just in passing, so there was no reason to question it.”
The 53-year-old Dahlonega resident, who was also charged with impersonating a public officer, had reportedly flashed a badge while chatting with local officials as well.
Homeland Security reported otherwise, said Burnett.
“We have checked through the federal government,” he said “He has never been a border patrol agent.”
Officials said Hill’s motives for the alleged impersonation are still unclear.
“He wasn’t pulling over vehicles and doing things that people normally think of when someone’s impersonating an officer,” Burnett said. “It’s just when he would present himself to people in normal situations he would bring up the fact that he was a border patrol agent and would display a badge.”
Burnett added that Hill may also face charges in White County since he did just that while opening a storage unit in the Cleveland-area.
When Hill was arrested on Wednesday he was reportedly attempting to smuggle several dog bones out of Walmart.
“Employees had suspected him of stealing bigger things in the past,” said Burnett. “But when we actually arrested him, he only had the bones.”
Hill may face additional charges, said officials.