Hanover Sheriff’s Office arrests police impersonator

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-20 11:39:18-04

The following is a release from the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office:

HANOVER, Va. – Investigators have arrested Terry L. Beach, Sr., 58, of the 2000 block of Wedgewood Avenue in Henrico County for impersonating a police officer.  Beach is currently free on bond pending an arraignment in Hanover County General District Court on July 25, 2012, at 8:30 a.m.    

Based upon a tip, the Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into Beach’s activities, which revealed that he had been representing himself as a federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) since April of 2012.  Since that time, Beach was able to convince several employees of a local business that he was a federal agent, who afforded him access to their facilities on a regular basis.  No one was injured as a result of Beach’s actions.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and D.E.A. continue their investigation into Beach’s actions in an attempt to determine if he may have committed similar offenses in Hanover or other jurisdictions.  Anyone who may recognize Beach and know of his involvement in similar incidents is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 365-6110.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text: iTip to CRIMES (274637).

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office along with the Henrico County Police Division on this investigation,” stated Ava Cooper Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Division Office.  “DEA strives to maintain the highest integrity of its Special Agents and due to this investigation and subsequent arrest, this integrity is intact.”

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community that if there is ever a question regarding the validity of someone representing him/herself as a law enforcement officer, to contact the Sheriff’s Office so it can be acted upon immediately.