Granite City man charged with drug possession, impersonating a police officer

News-DemocratJuly 15, 2013 

A Granite City man has been charged by the Madison County State's Attorney's office with impersonating a police investigator and drug possession.

Jason A. Yarber, 37, of 2609 Logan St., was charged Monday after a Friday afternoon incident at a home in the 2300 block of Orville Avenue in Granite City.

Police were called to the home around 4 p.m. about a man pretending to be an investigator with the Madison County Sheriff's Department. The caller told deputies she was contacted at her home by Yarber on July 11 and told her he was investigating a theft involving a neighboring home.

He told her he was a sheriff's investigator and gave the name of a Madison County sheriff's investigator as well as a phone number. Investigators tracked the phone number to Yarber, according to Sheriff's Capt. T. Mike Dixon, and found him at his home Friday.

The investigation discovered that the house Yarber told the neighbor he was investigating is the home of his ex-wife.

Investigators believe Yarber was trying to get information about his ex-wife, which is why he pretended to be an investigator and did not intend to victimize the woman to whom he allegedly misrepresented himself.

As police were arresting him, they said they found less than 1 gram of methamphetamines on Yarber. He was charged with false impersonation of a police officer and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Yarber's bond was set at $50,000. He posted bond and was released from the Madison County Jail.

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