Cherokee County woman arrested for impersonating officer

A Cherokee County deputy stopped a 22-year-old woman for speeding and what he found was an unusual collection of police paraphernalia, gun holsters without  guns and stickers promoting support for law enforcement.

Her explanations didn’t make sense.

At the center of a seemingly routine traffic stop was a police groupie who "traded sex" to gain entry to  the law enforcement world, the arresting deputy wrote.

Nicole Bear, of Woodstock, was in the Cherokee County Jail Thursday on charges of impersonating an officer, drug possession and giving a false name. She also is charged with driving without a license and speeding; the report said she was driving the borrowed Chevrolet Tahoe at 67 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Her bond is $22,900. It could not be determined if she had a lawyer.

The deputy who pulled her over wrote in his report the facts were hard to find during the roadside stop near Woodstock last Saturday.

“The story changed in a confusing manner during the course of the discussion,” Deputy James Clement wrote in his report.

First, Bear said she was cop. Then she said he wasn’t a cop but wanted to be one, according to Clement’s report.

Bear claimed several names – Nicole Marie Roberts, Jenna Clements, Stephanie Clements and Jenna Jenkins.

Bear told the Cherokee deputy she  lived in Woodstock so she could run a nearby coffee shop. But she also said she commuted from Woodstock to Appling, about 160 miles away, to work for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

“Columbia County didn’t know who she was and didn’t employ her,” Clement wrote in his report. “When confronted with that information, Ms. Bear said she didn’t go to the police academy because she was fired while working in the jail there [inColumbia County].”

Then Bear said she never got a job with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office; she failed during the hiring process.

Bear also claimed to be engaged to a man in Cherokee County, but said she also dated a married Columbia County deputy she declined to name because he would get in trouble with the agency.

While Cherokee County sorts out the information on Bear, the Cobb County Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were conducting internal investigations to determine how she allegedly came into possession of some of their property – t-shirts, hats, shorts and a ticket book and citation holder.

She had a photograph of herself wearing a Cobb County police uniform, according to the report. The deputy said it appeared the photo was a reflection in a mirror and it was taken with the camera in a cell phone.

Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the department was conducting an internal investigation but it was too soon to know if there is a flaw in the system that allowed  equipment to get into the hands of a civilian.

Inside the SUV Clement found a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 cap and loaded magazines but no guns. The deputy found two San Francisco sheriff’s badges with the name of the brother of the owner of the Tahoe.

Clement also discovered a notebook issued by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in which she had documented “numerous liaisons with many police officers from across Georgia,” Clement wrote. “These officers were named, listed with their departments and assignments, and there was even occasional reference to their patrol and personal vehicle descriptions. Notes reading ‘Jenna’ with invitations to call and text her cell phone abounded as did hotel/motel receipts.”

Deputy Clement said she had a list of “’goals’ as if the suspect was planning to try and ‘date’ officers in each one.”

Clement said Bear’s notes suggested she was a sexual predator” or a police “groupie.”

“The references to personal vehicle descriptions and times of coming/going from duty stations suggested active stalking of the officers,” Clement wrote.