Reporting Steve Large
YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) – Police arrested a private eye for impersonating an officer. They say he was trying to get unauthorized police records for his clients.
He’s a private eye now in the public spotlight.
Anthony Vegas allegedly lost a big bet.
“This is highly unusual,” said Woodland Police Department Lt. Anthony Cucchi.
The retired parole agent was trying to retrieve redacted police reports for a client by impersonating an officer, say police.
“There are some police reports where the victim’s protected. We protect their identity so that the suspect can’t find them later,” said Cucchi.
Vegas allegedly doctored his old corrections ID and used a phony badge to trick several local police records departments into giving him what he wanted.
And police say it was working. He reportedly gathered unauthorized records from Woodland and Sacramento police and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department before getting arrested in the act at the Yolo County’s Sheriff’s Department.
Vegas closed the door on CBS13 when we asked him for his comment, but he’s at the center of an open and ongoing investigation, charged with impersonating an officer.
Vegas may also see an additional charge of forgery when he goes before a judge.