Florida man ticketed for Booty Patrol truck for impersonating law enforcement

A Florida man was chased by police after allegedly impersonating law enforcement in a truck with the words “Loot Patrol” printed on it.

Desoto County Sheriff’s Office notified A member of the public in a white Chevrolet Silverado was charged with impersonating a law enforcement agency. Police asked the public if anyone had been tricked into getting pulled over by a Loot Patrol truck.

The pickup truck imitated a Border Patrol vehicle and had the words “Loot Patrol” and “National Spoils of Action Protection” written in large green letters on the vehicle. Police accused the driver of having red and blue lights on his dashboard and decals mimicking those used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office cited Florida law. state: “Except for certain vehicles specified below, no person may operate a vehicle or device on any highway within this State with a lamp or device that displays or displays a red or blue light that is visible directly in front of the vehicle. It must not be driven, moved or moved.”

Desoto County Sheriff’s Office Said On Facebook, they wrote, “On Sunday, October 29, 2023, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office successfully located both the vehicle and driver involved in a recent incident of a vehicle impersonating a law enforcement agency.”

The driver was pulled over by DeSoto County deputies Sunday night. He was fined $113 for impersonating law enforcement by flashing red and blue lights on the front of his truck.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said its officers want to “raise awareness” of “loot patrol” trucks and help the public “not fall for such individuals.”

Police thanked the public for information about a vehicle disguised as a Border Patrol truck.

WBBH-TV The driver was identified as Gabriel Rubiano, 18, of Bradenton.

Rubiano said he decided to decorate his truck that way because he was “bored” and was inspired by similar vehicles during a visit to a western state. Ta. Rubiano said he spent $5,000 upgrading his vehicle.

Rubiano explained that he was not trying to impersonate law enforcement.

“It was just for a little fun, you know? It wasn’t my intention to pull anyone or anything over,” he said of the attention-grabbing truck.

“I have video of officers approaching me and they just want to take a picture,” Rubiano said.

A Florida teenager said he never uses his red and blue emergency lights while driving. He says he only uses his lights when he’s parked on private property or at car shows.

He added: “A lot of people like it, but some people hate it.”

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