BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Andre Delano Haden Kerley, 33, who was arrested on Friday for impersonating a University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) officer, has a new charge after an employee at a convenience store saw his booking photo and identified him as the man who flashed a UFPD badge at the store recently in an attempt to get a free soda and chips.
An employee at the Gate convenience store at 506 NW 13th Street told a UFPD detective that a co-worker had shown him an article with a picture of the man who had come into their store last Friday and flashed a silver police badge in an attempt to get a free fountain drink and chips. The employee said Kerley wore the badge around his neck and showed it to him; when he asked him which agency he worked for, the man replied, “University!” The employee said he told the man he didn’t recognize him and that he had to be in uniform to receive a free drink, and the man said, “I’m undercover, we ain’t never in uniform.”
The employee said a clerk asked the man his name, and he replied, “Andre.” He said “Andre” asked the employee to provide his name so he could file a customer service complaint against him for not rewarding a law enforcement officer with free items.
The detective wrote that the incident was captured on surveillance video with audio, including a view of Kerley’s distinctive green Charger “with blue and red lights activated on its front hood” just outside the front entrance. Kerley was stopped later in the evening and allegedly claimed to be a UFPD officer; it was later determined that he had an official badge that had been stolen from a UFPD officer’s car that Kerley had detailed. Kerley was driving the same green Charger when he was stopped Friday evening.
Kerley has now been charged with two counts of impersonating an officer and is being held on $12,000 bond.
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