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Andover impersonator steals car from New Brighton dealer

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Family members say Delroy Bowe has only been in Minnesota for a few months, but he seems to have a thing for stealing cars and impersonating men in uniform -- and that's why he's facing charges again.

Bowe is accused of impersonating military and law enforcement officials all around the country. If police are right, he was about to do it again. Over the years, Bowe has passed himself off as everything from a firefighter to a sheriff's deputy and a member of the Coast Gard, but prosecutors say he's really just a con artist.

"I feel betrayed by it because of the uniform he was wearing," Nova Hughes said. "I mean, who do you trust?"

Hughes was outside her apartment building in Mounds View last Thursday when Bowe showed up to visit another resident. She got suspicious when Bowe asked to borrow a drill so he could put yellow sheriff's plates on a brand new Ford Explorer because when she'd seen him the week before, he was dressed in a St. Paul firefighter's uniform.

"It didn't sit right with me because there were no license plate holders on the vehicle. He said he needed to do it," she recalled. "He had to be in Wisconsin the following day and he didn't feel comfortable driving without that front plate on."

As it turns out, Bowe had stolen that SUV from a Ford dealership in New Brighton by taking it on a test drive and then driving off while the salesperson went to get the keys for another vehicle. By then, the friend he'd come to visit -- Samantha Anoke -- had read articles about him impersonating an ROTC cadet in Dallas and called Mounds View police.

Bowe claimed he stole the SUV and put the sheriff's plates on it because the voices in his head told him to, and police say he also faked a seizure to be taken to the hospital. Whatever Bowe's mental health status may be, it's clear he needs some help to change his pattern of behavior. Just a week earlier, Bowe was arrested inside a stolen vehicle in Hennepin County. Inside, officers found a police uniform and stolen scuba gear. In February, Coon Rapids police picked him up in yet another stolen car.

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