Man pleaded guilty to personating a police officer


A man has pleaded guilty to personating a police officer and forcible confinement.

On Dec. 20 a man appeared in the Barrhead Provincial Court and pleaded guilty to three charges out of St. Albert.

Mark Andrew Capowski, a 37-year-old from St. Albert was charged with eight counts of personating a police officer, two counts of personating a peace officer and two counts of unlawful confinement and one count of theft under $5,000.

On Thursday July 27, a driver of a vehicle reported being involved in a traffic stop conducted by a man who said that he was a police officer. The driver told the Westlock RCMP that they had been followed by a light-coloured SUV from Westlock and the vehicle turned on red and blue flashing lights as they approached Fawcett, Alta.

The complainant pulled over to the side of the road and a man got out of the SUV and said he was a police officer. The man impersonating an officer said he was pulling the driver over for a traffic violation and asked to see the driver’s license, registration and insurance.

The documents were returned to the driver and then the man asked the driver to scan their thumb in a device he presented.

The driver was then allowed to leave and was not harmed in any way.

Capowski pleaded guilty to a total of three charges of personating a police office, one charge of unlawful confinement and theft under $5,000.

He was given a suspended sentence with a 12-month probation period and a total $500 victim fine surcharge.


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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.