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Police: Pa. panhandler claimed to be state trooper

  • Associated Press
  • December 12, 2013 - 8:50 AM

LATROBE, Pa. — Police say a drunken panhandler charged with harassing the customers of a western Pennsylvania business falsely claimed to be a state trooper — but was found out when he claimed to work at a nonexistent barracks.

Police in Latrobe, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, say a store owner called 911 to complain about the man harassing his customers Friday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1dtfMbL ) says the store owner was concerned because Kevin Cunningham allegedly threated to hit him and said he was a trooper. The dispatcher asked the store owner where Cunningham claimed to be stationed and he said Delmont — a town several miles away with no barracks.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the 51-year-old Cunningham, and his listed phone number in Latrobe is disconnected.

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