Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say impersonated a law enforcement officer for the purpose of deceiving an elderly Williamson County couple in order to steal cash.
Clifford Martin Cook II, 37, was arrested on Sunday, March 3, and booked into the Williamson County Jail on third-degree felony charges of theft against the elderly by deception.
A sheriff’s department spokesperson said Cook will also be charged with Impersonating a Public Servant, a third-degree felony, and that charge was still pending earlier in the week.
According to a statement from Patricia Gutierrez, in the Williamson County Sheriff’s public information office, Cook is alleged to have gone to the home of an elderly couple in the rural Williamson County town of Weir.
Cook approached the victim’s home and knocked on the front door. The victims answered the door and noticed that Cook was displaying a badge around his neck and believed that he was with a law enforcement agency, according to the release.
The couple reported that Cook displayed a badge around his neck, intending to represent himself as a plainclothes detective. Believing him to be a law enforcement officer, the couple allowed Cook to enter the home, where Cook told the victims he was investigating a ring of counterfeit crimes in the area and that they were in possession of counterfeit monies.
Gutierrez said the victims provided Cook the cash in question, and then Cook demanded the couple handover all the cash for evidence purposes and left the home with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect was identified after he dropped his identification at the victim’s home.
Official records show Cook pleaded guilty to a felony charge of forgery in 2012 and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. He also served time on drug possession charges.
Gutierrez said the investigation is ongoing and that the investigators are seeking any other victims of this crime. Those who believe they may have been a victim of Cook may contact the department at 512-943-1311 or send an email to CID@wilco.org.