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Alleged Police Impersonator Allegedly Armed With Pistol – Felony Arrest; HOT SPRINGS


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Hot Springs Police Officer Werst reports the following:

On 07/20/19 at approximately 1229 hours, I, (Officer T. Werst #155), responded to 1601 Albert Pike (Walmart) in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival, I made contact with Walmart’s AP manager who stated that two AP associates and himself stopped a white male subject for shoplifting, after the white male passed all points of sales.  The manager advised when they asked to speak with the white male, later identified as Buddy Rynders, Rynders advised that he worked for the Arkansas State Police and asked what they would like to talk to him about. Rynders then held up a laminate white piece of paper which he stated proves he works for the Arkansas State Police.  Rynders advised the white piece for paper was issued to him from the court system.  The manager advised Rynders had placed two ADJ wrenches, one spark plug wrench, two E3 spark plugs, and one NGK spark plug on the side pocket of his coat.  All Items recovered totaled $30.07.

Buddy Ray Rynders, 39, of Graves Trail in Garland County – allegedly stole from Walmart and claimed he works for the Arkansas State Police.

Buddy Rynders advised he used to work for the Arkansas State Police but could not say what position he held.  I located a small .22 caliber Ruger loaded handgun on Buddy Rynders right hip.  I also located a pair of hand cuffs with a hand cuff key on Buddy Rynders lower back attached to his belt.  Buddy Rynders advised the cuffs were for if he got into a physical altercation he could detain the other person.  Buddy Rynders also had an Arkansas State Police belt buckle on.

Mr. Rynders was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Criminal Impersonation and Theft Of Property with a bond amount totaling $3,500.