Playing cops and robbers might be fun for kids, but a Chilliwack man has learned the hard way that pretending to be a police officer is liable to get an adult in big trouble.
Marc Joseph Cadieux was sentenced to more than a year in jail after pleading guilty to one count of impersonating an officer using a uniform and one count of using an imitation firearm to commit an offence in Provincial Court Thursday. The latter crime carries a minimum mandatory sentence of one year for the first offence.
A charge of theft over $5,000 was stayed by Crown counsel.
Mounties had originally reported that two men, one of whom was dressed like a police officer, entered the Shell convenience store on Eagle Landing Parkway in May. The men tried to remove the store's ATM machine but left after realizing the machine was bolted to the floor, according to the RCMP.
Police later stopped a van, arrested two men, and recovered the police uniform.
Mounties were "investigating how the suspect came to possess the police uniform," RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck said at the time. Asked whether the uniform was real, she said police couldn't "speak to its authenticity."
Cadieux is also scheduled to appear in court in March for a preliminary inquirty after being charged in connection with a violent home invasion last April.