Woman charged with impersonation

By: Staff Report

UNION COUNTY — A woman ended up in jail this week in connection with an incident in September in which she allegedly claimed to be a member of law enforcement in an effort to get a discount on a gun she wanted to buy.

Tanya Sunnie Young, 46, 71 Rocky 2 Road, Blair, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with impersonating a police officers.

The incident report states that the complainant said that Young came into her store, The Outpost on Belvue Drive in Union, on Sept. 19 presenting herself as a law enforcement officer by displaying a badge around her neck. The complainant said that Young told her she was there to purchase a pistol and wanted a police officer’s discount. The complainant said she advised Young that she did not offer discounts to police officers on firearms.

The report states that Young purchased a High Point 9mm Model C9 pistol along with a box of ammunition.

The report states the complainant said Young brought the pistol back the next day, claiming that it did not work and she wanted her money back. The complainant said that she test fired the gun and it worked fine. The complainant said that Young became irate because she would not refund her money and left the store.

A supplemental incident report states that on Oct. 4, the investigator handling the case received information from the SC Criminal Justice Academy and SLED that no officer in South Carolina was listed by Young’s name. The supplemental report states that statements were taken from the complainants about the incident. In addition, the supplemental report states that the investigator reviewed video footage of the incident and could plainly hear Young tell the complainant that she is “the law.”

After all the statements, video footage, and emails from the state law enforcement agencies were reviewed, the report states the investigator would seek a warrant for impersonation of a police officer in the case. A second supplemental report states that the investigator met with the Union County Magistrate about the case and that a warrant for impersonation of a police officer would be issued.

Young was arrested Thursday evening.

Allegedly claimed to be in law enforcement

Staff Report