Resident Charged With Impersonating Police Officer
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Itai Ozderman, age 35, of the 100 block of Elmira Lane in Gaithersburg, with impersonating a police officer and transporting a handgun in a vehicle.
In February, detectives from Major Crimes learned that Ozderman may be involved in offenses related to impersonating a police officer in Maryland. Detectives developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant and on Feb. 22, served that warrant at Ozderman’s home. During the search of the home, detectives located seven handguns, two assault rifles, and a shotgun. Detectives also located a loaded handgun, body armor, tactical vests, ammunition, and what appeared to be a Baltimore County Police badge inside of a vehicle owned by Ozderman that was parked at the home. Major Crimes detectives contacted the Baltimore County Police Department and verified that Ozderman was not a police officer and was never employed by the Baltimore County Police Department.
Ozderman was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with one count of impersonating a police officer and one count of transporting a handgun in a vehicle. Ozderman was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
Detectives believe that Ozderman may have represented himself as a police officer in other instances that have not been reported. Investigators are urging anyone who has information related to Ozderman impersonating a law enforcement officer to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5100.