Drunken Panhandler Claims to Be State Trooper: Police

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    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 reports the store owner was concerned because Kevin Cunningham allegedly threatened 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.

    When questioned, Cunningham was “visibly intoxicated,” according to an affidavit obtained by the paper.

    Cunningham was charged with impersonating a public servant, harassment and public drunkenness, according to court records.

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