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Police: N.J. Fleet Manager Posed As Officer In Robbery

August 26, 2013  | 

The fleet manager of the new Camden County (N.J.) Police Department allegedly posed as a police officer to stop a pedestrian and rob him using a police badge, radio, and agency vehicle.

Richard Dayton, a civilian employee, retired from active duty police work for the now-defunct Camden Police Department. He has been collecting a disability pension since he retired n 2005.

Dayton allegedly used a police badge and radio to pose as a police officer and stop a pedestrian on Aug. 20. He allegedly showed the pedestrian the badge and took his money before driving away in an agency pickup truck, according to the Camden County Prosector's Office.

When the victim reported the robbery to police, officers retrieved video that corroborated with the victim's account and identified Dayton as the suspect. Law enforcement received information that he may be responsible for similar incidents within the past week. An investigation is ongoing.

Dayton was suspended without pay from his job with the intent to dismiss, pending the resolution of the accusations. He was charged with second-degree robbery and official misconduct on Aug. 21 and held on $50,000 bail.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 8/27/2013 11:23 AM

I have been aware of other active duty officers as well as retired officers engaging in criminal behavior. The agency I retired from had an officer go bad on the job and also try to rob a bank after he was let go. Police Officers are just like the rest of the public we come in all shapes and sizes and have similar personal problems as the rest of the population, we are by no means perfect. Odds are there will be a few that cannot behave. Thankfully the vast majority of us are hard working dedicated souls that strive to uphold the law as best we can. Most of us care greatly about our work. We just need to be able to keep an eye out for the ones within our ranks that show the signs of troubled behavior and recognize it and take immediate action before we see them unravel into a threat to themsevels or others.

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