A carjacker who authorities say carried a fake badge and impersonated a police officer was arrested in Santa Clarita on Tuesday after a homeless man chased and tackled him, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The unusual episode started with a carjacking in Bell Gardens, said Shirley Miller, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley station.
A woman had listed her white pickup for sale and went to meet a potential buyer in that city. Miller said a man showed up in a black shirt that read “Police K-9 Unit” and went with the woman for what he said was a test drive — but ended up stealing the truck.
The woman later saw what she believed to be her truck listed for sale on Craigslist, Miller said. She responded to the ad and said she was interested in the vehicle and agreed to meet the man in a shopping …