Baton Rouge man poses as deputy in attempt to gain password to stolen laptop

Baton Rouge man poses as deputy in attempt to gain password to stolen laptop
Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
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POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:30pm

A Baton Rouge man is accused of impersonating a deputy in an attempt to gain the password to a laptop he stole from a woman.

The suspect, Vincent D. Wutke, 41, was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 6 by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. The arrest was made after investigators were contacted by a woman inquiring about a deputy.

According to the arrest report, the woman was the victim of a burglary at her home. Her laptop was among items taken, and the day after the burglary she found a note posted on her door.

The note instructed the victim to contact “Deputy V. Davis” and included a phone number to call. Little did she know when she placed the call that she was actually speaking to the man who stole her laptop.

During the phone call, Wutke told the victim he was investigating her case. He asked the victim to give him the password to the computer. The victim became suspicious during the phone call, so she contacted the Sheriff’s Office to verify the man’s claim.

When the woman called the Sheriff’s Office, she learned they did not have a deputy working there by that name. However, deputies now had the information they needed to find the suspect.

Wutke was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Police Officer, Theft, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $65,000.

The arrest reported noted that Wutke has a prior criminal history for burglaries and theft.

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