“Impostor” Teen Busted Again On Theft Charge

Hours after his release on bond, alleged teen fake cop busted again

Hours after a Florida teen was released on bond from a Miami-Dade jail on charges of impersonating a police officer, he was back behind bars on a felony warrant for grand theft charges out of Osceola County.

Matthew Thomas Scheidt, 18, was arrested in Homestead early Friday morning and booked back into Miami-Dade jail around 5 a.m., police said.

The details of the latest arrest weren't immediately known, but police said the theft charges were related to items found on Scheidt when he was arrested Thursday in Miami Beach.

According to Miami Beach Police, Scheidt was arrested early Thursday for impersonating a cop and carrying a concealed firearm and weapon.

Police say Scheidt was driving in South Beach in a white Ford Crown Victoria when he encountered a real undercover officer, and not realizing the undercover was a cop, advised him to fasten his seatbelt.

Scheidt was "conducting himself as an officer, using a laptop, speaking with the officer using police jargon," Miami Beach Police spokesman Juan Sanchez said in a statement.

When police searched Scheidt's car, they found a .380-caliber Ruger under the front passenger seat, a Taser, handcuffs, a radio, an Osceola County Sheriff's badge, identification cards, several Osceola County Police shirts and an empty ankle holster, police said.

Police say the the non-functioning police radio was stolen from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and one of the identification cards belonged to the Sheriff's Office.

Scheidt had once been a member of the department's program for future law enforcement officers, but was booted for repeatedly wearing items including a badge that could make people think he was a deputy, police said.

The identification card indicated Scheidt was in the program but had been reported missing by Scheidt in 2010, police said.

Thursday's arrest was Scheidt's second in the last five months for impersonation. He was arrested last September after he was found treating patients at the emergency room at Osceola Regional Medical Center, according to police.

Police said Scheidt, 17 at the time, had even performed CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest since obtaining a hospital ID badge on August 24.

Scheidt had claimed to be a 23-year-old physician's assistant in a program at Nova Southeastern University, and applied for a hospital ID badge under the pretense that he worked as a P.A. for a surgical group that had just changed its name, police said.

In reality Scheidt was a part-time billing clerk for the surgical group. He was later fired.

While at the hospital, Scheidt also interviewed an undisclosed number of patients, read confidential medical records, conducted physical exams on disrobed male patients, cleaned and dressed wounds, and restrained one combative patient, authorities said.

In addition to the charges in Miami Beach, Scheidt faces five counts of impersonating a physician's assistant in Osceola County. He was being held in Miami-Dade early Friday but could be taken back to Osceola County for the grand theft warrant.

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