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Man jailed for impersonating officer


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

Decatur County, GA (WALB) –  Saber Knott's clothes and knowledge of police codes was so good, he even convinced a South Georgia chief of police to let him go out on patrol.

When Quick Buys Manager Nicole West first met 30-year old Saber Knott, he was dressed in clothes similar to a investigator's uniform, complete with a polo shirt monogrammed with Tifton Police.

"He was nice," said  Nicole West. "He was a nice cop. Well, I say cop but he wasn't. Talking the language that he was talking, you definitely felt like he was a police officer."

West wasn't the only one fooled by Knott's police get-up. After he left the store, Knott headed over to the Climax Police department. He found Chief Joel Jenkins and explained that he needed some patrol hours for a federal job he wanted.

Chief Jenkins had his suspicions about Knott and initiated a background check. In the meantime, a call came in for assistance on a traffic stop.

"This guy just says can I come along and jumps in Chief Jenkins vehicle when he says sure," said Decatur Co. Sheriff's Investigator Brian Donalson.

During the stop made by a Decatur County Sheriff's deputy and assisted by Chief Jenkins, Knott began acting aggressively towards the person pulled over. At one point, he even pretended to be on the phone with another Tifton investigator.

"He's got a lot of confidence," said Donalson.

Later that day, the Sheriff's deputy called Tifton's police department and discovered an Officer Knott didn't exist.

"Police impersonators are few and far between. Nine times out of 10 it's somebody dealing with a psychological problem or something like that," said Donalson.

"Just because you see somebody with a police hat on or dressed in the attire you really can't trust that anymore. I just hope he gets the help he needs. But overall, I thought he was a pretty nice customer," said West.

He may have been a good customer, but Saber Knott was not a cop.

Authorities in Seminole County also charged Knott with obstruction after he resisted an arrest and had to be tased.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have had contact with Knott while he was impersonating an officer to call the Decatur County Sheriff's office at 229-248-3044.

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