Authorities arrested a convicted felon Thursday after he claimed to be an agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and carried a pistol into a Martinez business.
The owner and manager of Uptown Cheapskate, on Washington Road, called authorities at about 1 p.m. and said that Matthew Lemuel Reville, 20, came into the store several times during the past several weeks, claiming he was a GBI agent and could provide security for the store. On Thursday, Reville, of the 5500 block of Wrightsboro Road, came into the store with a holstered gun on his side. He told employees he’d work security for the store for free or in exchange for some clothes from the store.
The manager said she was suspicious and called the GBI, where she learned he was not a GBI employee. She then called authorities.
A deputy confronted Reville, who had a revolver in a holster on his side and a Conceal Carry badge hooked to his pants.
He was charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Georgia Department of Corrections has no conviction history on Reville. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.