A former Mississippi State Police officer was arrested in Bunnell with counterfeit money, brass knuckles, a gun, some police badges and a pair of clown masks in his vehicle, according to a press release. He was also pulling a trailer stolen in Volusia County, the report said.
Mixon was being held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility on $12,500 bond, the release said.
The case began when a license plate reader alerted the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 10:37 a.m. Monday that a black Chevrolet Tahoe was pulling a trailer reported stolen in Volusia County, according to the release.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Real Time Crime Center spotted the truck and trailer westbound on State Road 100, the report said.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly along with deputies and Bunnell Police officers stopped the Tahoe at the Circle K at 500 East Moody Boulevard, the report said.
Mixon complied with commands and got out of the Tahoe with his hands up, the release said. When read his rights by a Bunnell police officer, Mixon declined to speak to law enforcement, the report said.
Deputies found a loaded handgun in Mixon’s front pants pocket, but he does not have a permit to carry a concealed firearm either in Florida or in his home state of Mississippi, the report said.
Deputies also found what appeared to be police gear, including ammunition, badges and a riot helmet, the report said.
Mixon also had a Mississippi State Police Department identification card and a Pearl River Sheriff’s Office key card and a Picayune Police identification card, both in Mississippi, inside the vehicle, the release said.
Mississippi State Police told the Sheriff’s Office that Mixon had been fired as an officer and asked that the police equipment be secured, the release said.
Inside the Tahoe, deputies also found a backpack stuffed with counterfeit bills in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $5 and $1, the report said.
They also found brass knuckles and two clown masks, the report said.
Ormond Beach Police said they had a crime in which the perpetrator wore a clown mask but the personnel working the case were not on duty, a report said.
Deputies also confirmed that the trailer had been stolen in Daytona Beach Shores and returned it to its owner, the release said.
Sheriff Staly said he happened to be driving back from presenting awards to students and joined deputies and Bunnell police to find the Tahoe and make the arrest, according to the release. The sheriff said in statement that license plate readers and the Real Time Crime Center have helped fight crimes, according to the release.
“Our technology advances in the past four years have proven to be a force multiplier in solving cases quickly and keeping our deputies and the community safe,” Staly said.
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