Riverview, Florida-- A burglary suspect caught in the act claimed to be a police officer when confronted by a nearby neighbor early Wednesday morning. Officials say its one of many things they arrested him for soon after.
According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report, 21-year-old Joseph Kovacevic burglarized a number of vehicles and homes in Riverview's South Pointe subdivision before his run-in with the resident who confronted him.
During his spree, officials say Kovacevic used a knife to cut screens of several homes, but only took items from one of them- a flashlight, and the victim's car keys. He didn't bother to take anything from most of the cars he broke into either, aside from three dollars from one, and a pack of cigarettes from another.
At least reports say that was the case, until he broke into a Tampa Police Officer's car and stole a bullet proof vest that said "Police" on it, handcuffs and other police equipment.
Kovacevic was reportedly wearing the stolen items during one of his home break-in attempts when the neighbor spotted him and called out to him. He hid behind a tree at first, but when the neighbor asked him who he was, he said, "I am the police," and then ran away.
Cops called to the area found him a short time later sitting in a Dodge Neon. The stolen handcuffs were still hanging from his belt loop as they searched the car and found the other stolen items.
Kovacevic was arrested and charged with multiple counts of armed burglary, petit theft, falsely impersonating an officer, criminal mischief, grand theft and violation of probation.