Man who allegedly impersonated police, robbed pharmacy arrested - CBS46 News

Man who allegedly impersonated police, robbed pharmacy arrested

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Gwinnett County police say they have arrested a man who pretended to be one of their own.

Matthew Buddin, 33 of Duluth, was wanted in several cases where he claimed to be an officer and showed a Gwinnett County Police badge and a handgun in a holster. Police in Lawrenceville, Duluth and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office were looking for him.

On Tuesday, Buddin allegedly robbed a Rite Aid on the 1500 block of Lawrenceville Highway at gunpoint. Police say he went up to the pharmacy counter, demanded Xanax and Tramadol and ordered the employees to the ground.

Police finally caught up with Buddin Wednesday afternoon.

They spotted a gold motorcycle scene at the drug store Tuesday. Officers tried to do a traffic stop, but they say Buddin refused to stop and sped off.

With help from detectives, officers then checked address connected to the suspect. About a half hour after the attempted traffic stop, police found Buddin's motorcyle at a home on the 3300 block of River Summit Trail in Duluth.

Buddin tried to run off on foot, but officers were able to nab him.

He is currently in custody at Gwinnett County Police headquarters and will be taken to the detention center later in the day.

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