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Deputies say repo man had fake badge

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Stephen Bruner (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Stephen Bruner (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies said it's a case of a repo guy with a fake badge.

Deputies said the repo guy had no right to the car he was trying to take or the badge he was carrying. Stephen Bruner, 43, of Boiling Springs was arrested and charged with impersonating a deputy sheriff and trespassing after warning.

Deputies said they were called out to a home on Mayview Street in Spartanburg County Tuesday afternoon. That's where they said Bruner was trying to repo a car he had no papers for.

"The deputy began to investigate and found out a little bit, and found out that the recovery agent did not have any paperwork authorizing a recovery, no claim and delivery papers or paperwork from the finance company, nothing," said Lt. Tony Ivey of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said when asked to take the car off the tow truck and leave the property, Bruner would not cooperate, telling officers the truck was broken.

As deputies continued to order him to remove the car from the truck, deputies said Bruner refused, stating he used to be a police officer and he knew the law. Deputies told Bruner since he had caused a disturbance on the property, he would need to leave because he was trespassing, but he refused to lower the vehicle and demanded to speak with a supervisor.

Then the officers noticed something.

"So, as they were having this discussion, the original deputy saw that hanging from the rearview mirror in full frontal display to the public was a badge that looked very much like our sheriff's office badge," said Ivey.

Deputies said there was also a pair of handcuffs hanging from the tow truck's rearview mirror. They said as Bruner continued to be uncooperative and would not lower the vehicle off of the tow truck, they advised him that he was trespassing and under arrest.

Another man inside of the tow truck got out and lowered the truck without trouble, deputies said. Bruner was arrested and has since been released from jail on bond.  

Deputies said repo companies should always have claim and delivery papers issued by the magistrate court.

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