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Genoa man charged with impersonating police officer in St. Charles

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A Genoa man faces a felony charge on the allegation he impersonated a police officer, St. Charles police said Tuesday.

Skyler C. Petrancosta, 21, of the 500 block of Jackson Street, reportedly approached a group of children Aug. 31 at the Davis Primary School parking lot at 1125 S. Seventh St. in St. Charles.

He identified himself as an undercover narcotics officer and patted the children down, Police Chief Jim Lamkin said.

“It doesn’t appear there’s any other physical provoking contact,” Lamkin said.

The children left on Petrancosta’s orders and told a parent, who called police, Lamkin said.

St. Charles police obtained a warrant for Petrancosta’s arrest Thursday, and the Genoa Police had him in custody by 9:25 p.m., Lamkin said. Genoa police turned Petrancosta over to St. Charles police, he said.

Petrancosta was charged with impersonation of a police officer, which is punishable by probation or one to three years in prison.

His bond was set at $15,000, and he was released on $1,500 bail, records show.

He is expected in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 10.

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