A Tucson couple who admitted they pretended to be police officers were placed on two years’ probation Wednesday and ordered to serve 40 hours of community service.
On six occasions between Dec. 7, 2011, and June 19, 2012, Kristine Wilson, 47, and Alan Eugene Wilson, 41, came into contact with people while wearing clothing and equipment similar to what police officers wear, according to court documents.
In five of the incidents, Alan Wilson pulled motorists over using red and blue strobe lights he had installed on his Jeep and issued verbal warnings; in one instance his wife got out of the car and approached the victims as well. In another incident, Alan Wilson threatened to arrest a fastfood worker during an argument over his food order while pretending to be an officer.
When police went to the Wilsons’ home, they found handcuffs, pepper spray and a weapon in their living room, court documents state. Kristine Wilson was wearing a black shirt that read “Security,” a lanyard that said “Police” and a duty belt equipped with two different police badges, three folding knives and handcuffs.
The pair were indicted on five felony counts each of impersonating a peace officer and pleaded guilty to one count of the same.
The couple have been receiving social security disability checks monthly for several years, court documents indicate. Both provided a probation officer with a long list of medical ailments they say they suffer from and Alan Wilson also reported being on medication for depression and post traumatic stress syndrome.
Neither have a criminal history.