Boutte man accused of impersonating NOPD using homemade outfit

A Boutte man accused of impersonating a police officer as he went door to door asking for money was arrested last week and charged with false impersonation of a peace officer.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said police received a call that alleged Thomas Gereighty  was walking door to door on Magnolia Manor Boulevard in Boutte begging citizens for money.

Gereighty, 27, of 129 Spruce St., was reportedly wearing a baseball cap with a fabric “NOPD” badge on the front and NOPD written on the back. He also had a T-shirt with a stitched NOPD badge on it.

Grimaldi added Gereighty told St. Charles Parish deputies that he did not work for the New Orleans Police Department.

“According to the report, he identified himself as a New Orleans City Police Officer (to the home residents) and just asked for money,” said Grimaldi.

Grimaldi said he was released on bond to a family member and transferred to St. Tammany Parish for an attachment/warrant in that parish.

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