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Man charged with impersonating officer

November 27, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Police are trying to find a man who is charged in Jefferson and Berkeley counties with impersonating a police officer and illegally repossessing at least one car, police said.

Brian Kilmer, 26, is charged in warrants with two counts of impersonating a police officer, one count of operating without a business license, two counts of false pretenses and one count of driving on a revoked driver's license, police said.

"He is representing himself and showing badges and making phone calls claiming to be an investigator for the Secretary of State's office," said Lt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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Although the caller claims to be a repossession agent or private investigator, he does not hold a license to do either job, Bohrer said.

Bohrer alleged that Kilmer wrongfully repossessed a car from an impound yard by using false credentials.

When police searched Kilmer's home several months ago, they found, among other items, business cards Kilmer had made, Bohrer said.

Kilmer is described as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a green 1996 Ford Explorer with a West Virginia license plate of NCA458, police said.

At one time, he had a bug shield on his car that read "West Virginia Investigations," Bohrer said.

Kilmer might be living in the Gerrardstown, W.Va., area and frequents local bars, Bohrer said. He has been doing contractual work with local auto sales companies, where he picks up and delivers cars and possibly repossesses cars, Bohrer said.

Bohrer said Kilmer previously was convicted for failure to have a license to drive a vehicle with emergency lights.

Anyone with information may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or the Charles Town Police Department at 304-725-2714.

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