Woman impersonated wildlife officer, police say

Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

A woman from High Springs was arrested Sunday morning after deputies said she impersonated a state wildlife officer in order to gain entry to a home in Alachua.

Ellen Marine Jones, 24, knocked on the front door of an Alachua home at about 2 a.m. on Sunday. When asked who was at the door, Jones reportedly identified herself by saying, “Fish and Wildlife, ma’am,” the Alachua County Sheriff’s report said.

The woman in the home opened the entrance, but stood in the doorway with her left hand holding the door. Jones, of 24410 NW 142 Ave. in High Springs, told the woman that she was there to find a gun, and she didn’t need a search warrant because the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took precedence over all else, the report said.

The woman said Jones pulled her arm from the door and then shoved her, pushing her way through the doorway. She began searching the woman’s bedroom, the report said.

When law enforcement arrived, Jones was in the foyer by the front door. Jones later admitted that she identified herself as “Fish and Wildlife” and that she entered the house to look for a gun, police said.

Jones was booked in the Alachua County Jail Sunday on a $50,000 bond. She will face charges of burglary with assault and impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

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