After receiving two tips from local residents, the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman on Aug. 30 for posing as a law enforcement officer.
NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson said Crystal Martin, 30, was employeed by a local repossession company, where her job was to call debtors and attempt to find reposed items.
Two of those debtors called the NCSO and reported a suspicious woman identifying herself as a NCSO investigator. Real investigators looked into the matter and were able to track Marin down using a number she left with those she called.
Watterson said investigators made a visual identification of Martin from outside her business.
While they still had visual contact, the investigator called Martin and she allegedly identified herself as Investigator Martin. The officer asked again if her name was Investigator Martin and she reportedly said yes. They then asked if she worked for the NCSO and she allegedly said yes.
Martin was then arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she admitted to the crime.
Watterson said she did not say why she had posed as an investigator, but he suspected she used the fake title as a way to scare people into returning reposed property.