Cops: Man impersonated LEO twice in 24 hours

Posted at 10:38 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 00:27:30-04

Largo Police say in less than 24 hours, a 35-year-old man was arrested and bonded out twice for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

In the most recent incident, the man reportedly chased two women in a car at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Todd Blumencranz of 601-4103 Rosery Road in Largo, is now facing two counts of falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer.

On Saturday morning, police say Blumencranz posed as an undercover narcotics deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, an arrest affidavit states.

Police say Blumencranz approached a man and identified himself by the name Todd Miller and asked the man to follow him outside to his unmarked cruiser.

"He couldn't make eye contact with me," said Richard Quartararo, who says he was approached by the suspect while walking his dog.

"His voice was like broken up like stumbling a little bit. That's why I thought maybe he just had some mental issue."

Blumencranz began asking Quartararo questions regarding auto burglaries in the area and if he had seen or heard anything suspicious, an arrest affidavit states.

"He had a knife in his waistband," Quartararo recalled.

According to Quartararo, Blumencranz told him a nine and 11-year-old were arrested around 2 a.m. for possession of crack.

It is unclear how or when police arrived at the scene.

Blumencranz was arrested and police say he admitted to impersonating a law enforcement officer because "he just wanted to look cool."

Police say Blumencranz falsely impersonated a deputy before in order to get a discounted haircut.

Blumencranz was arrested but bonded out later Saturday afternoon.

Quartararo told ABC Action News he wants the building management to get rid of Blumencranz.

"What are they going to do moving forward?" he questioned.

ABC Action News knocked at the suspect's door but no one answered.  We also left a message for him on his phone but did not receive a call back.  Additionally, we contacted him on Facebook but also never heard back.


Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, police say Blumencranz once again posed as a law enforcement officer.

According to police, Blumencranz was driving northbound on U.S. 19 in his 2007 silver Nissan when he attempted to pull over two women driving in a Ford Mustang.

Blumencranz had placed a red flashing light on his dash, police say.  The cars windows are also tinted.

"I got up to about 120 mph," said Amber Nottingham, the driver of the Ford Mustang.  "I really thought I was going to lose my life."

Nottingham, who is a nurse, was on her way to work.  She says she immediately knew Blumencraz was not a real cop.

He pulled behind the driver at a high rate of speed and followed her as she exited the roadway, an arrest affidavit said.

She said she was desperately trying to get to people and laid on her horn, blowing through three red lights.

Blumencranz was again arrested and reportedly admitted to chasing the women at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

He has once again bonded out.

"I can't believe it! What's next for him," Nottingham asked.