Deputy impersonator who took skateboards sentenced in Vista

Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 18:00:01-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man who detained two juveniles before taking their skateboards while posing as a sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Monday.  

Abraham Joseph Nava, 24, was sentenced to three years of formal probation after pleading guilty in July to felony false imprisonment.

In a separate case, Nava also admitted to calling in a false report of a bomb threat. Nava was given credit for 149 days in custody.

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He will have to comply with counseling conditions as required by the probation department, including a forensic examination to help determine what course of treatment to take, said Deputy District Attorney Peter Estes.

Nava was arrested on June 14, several days after the sheriff’s department was contacted about a suspect claiming to be an undercover deputy.

During interviews with several employees in the Main Street area of Vista, investigators learned that the suspect passed out fake business cards and was interacting with juveniles.

Investigators also learned that the two juveniles were detained and had their skateboards taken. After identifying Nava as the suspect, investigators obtained a warrant to search his home where they discovered several pieces of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department uniform items, including badges.

A box of fraudulent business cards was also found. Nava was charged on June 26 for calling in a false report.