2 arrested for impersonating Cullman Police officers


Larry W. Smith, Jr., left, and Terry L. Hayes, right / Cullman Police Department

CULLMAN – Two men were arrested on Wednesday in a bizarre incident in which both allegedly identified themselves as officers with the Cullman Police Department to a couple in a domestic dispute at Veigl Village Apartments on the southwest side of the city of Cullman.

Terry L. Hayes, 40, of Thorsby and Larry W. Smith, Jr., 36, of Cullman were charged with impersonating a peace officer.

According to CPD Investigator Scott Sanford, a couple was involved in a minor domestic dispute at the apartment complex, when Hayes and Smith approached them.

"The two male subjects said they were officers," said Sanford.

Upon noticing that the male involved in the domestic dispute was armed, Hayes and Smith allegedly told him to keep the weapon where it was.

"They had badges that said 'Security' on them and had handcuff pouches," Sanford said.

While all of this was going on, according to Sanford, the CPD had been called.

"According to Mr. Smith, the male subject involved in the argument began to walk away and actual police officers began to arrive. No handcuffs were placed (by the impersonators)."

Sanford said Officer Philip Botelho made the arrests.

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