Upstate man accused of impersonating an officer, demanding cash from victim, deputies say

Photo: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

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Updated: 5:03 PM EDT Apr 17, 2023

By: Stephanie Moore, WYFF Digital Media Manager


An Easley, South Carolina man is accused of impersonating an officer and threatening arrest unless the victim gave him cash.

Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation started on April 4.

They said a man, later identified as Jerry Jacob Nabors, approached someone in the Welcome Creek Mobile Home Park on Old Grove Road, claiming to be a police officer.

The victim told deputies that Nabors was wearing plain clothes with some form of a “badge” around his neck.

Nabors is accused of asking the person to see a driver’s license.

After the victim told him he did not have one, Nabors threatened to take him to jail unless he paid him cash, deputies said.

They said the victim was then coerced to ride with Nabors to a bank, where the victim was forced to withdraw money.

Deputies said they learned that Nabors was reportedly seen in the area in the days leading up to this incident and was wearing a uniform.

Through their investigation, deputies said they learned Nabors approached several other residents under similar circumstances; however, the sheriff’s office did not receive any other reports.

Nabors was taken into custody by the Pickens City Police Department before being transferred to Greenville County.

He is charged with strong armed robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.

Nabors was given a $30,000 bond; however, he remains in the Greenville County Detention Center on an unrelated hold from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies request that anyone else who may be a victim of the same or similar circumstances call the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office at 864-271-5210.

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