Man posing as cop tried to arrest mayor, say Ala. police

Bobby Beck

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office

WEAVER, Ala. - Police in eastern Alabama arrested a man they say impersonated an officer, and tried to arrest the mayor.

Ambitious, huh?

The Anniston Star reports that police say 59-year-old Bobby Beck showed up at Weaver City Hall on Tuesday with a badge and a pistol on his belt and said he wanted to talk to Mayor Wayne Willis. Told that the mayor wasn't available, Beck allegedly held up a pair of handcuffs and said he'd be back later to arrest him.

Instead he was cuffed himself and was being held on felony charges of impersonating a peace officer, making a terrorist threat and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Police Chief Wayne Bush says Beck told police he worked for the FBI and planned to arrest Willis for working part-time as mayor.

Definitely not the best strategy for fighting city hall.