NEW BERN - Actual police officers busted a fake cop during MUMFEST in New Bern, according to New Bern Police.
Hayden James Whitfield, 19, was at the festival impersonating a police officer, police said.
Whitfield was wearing a tactical vest, had a gun in a holster, and had a stolen fire department radio, according to police.
New Bern officers staffing the festival on Saturday asked Whitfield what he was doing.
He allegedly told them he is a police officer.
Police discovered Whitfield is not, and never has been, a police officer.
Investigators arrested him.
It is illegal to impersonate a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
Whitfield's neighbors told a reporter that Whitfield wears a fire department hat and reflective "sheriff" coat around his New Bern apartment complex.
Whitfield stole the fire department radio from a fire truck at the Number 9 Township 9 Volunteer Fire Department in Craven County, authorities said.