Boiling Spring Lakes man charged with impersonating a police officer

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Anthony Mark Collins
Anthony Mark Collins

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Officers with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department have arrested 28-year-old Anthony Mark Collins on charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

According to Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Bradford Shirley, detectives are investigating other possible incidents involving officer impersonations and are seeking information from the public.

Collins, of East Boiling Spring Road, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 8, as officers were investigating a domestic disturbance Collins was allegedly involved in.

“During the course of the interaction with officers, Mr. Collins identified himself as a law enforcement officer,” Shirley said. 

Another incident involving Collins happened just days before, Shirley said. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, officers responded to his East Boiling Spring Road home for a dispute. At the time of his arrest, officers located a uniform badge similar to those worn by sworn law enforcement, a handgun, and handcuffs in his possession.

An investigation is ongoing, to see if there is “any relation to other instances of individuals impersonating officers” in the Boiling Spring Lakes area, Shirley said. While Shirley said he could not go into the details of the investigation, the police chief indicated detectives were looking into one incident in particular that happened in early November.  

“We just trying to see if there’s anything out there that we should be aware of,” Shirley said.

Collins was given a $500 bond, according to Brunswick County jail records.

Anyone with information they believe could assist detectives with this case is asked to contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department at 910-363-0011.

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