Man charged with impersonating FBI agent

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A Calera man was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $5,000 bond after police said he claimed to be a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and demanded to see surveillance footage at the Alabaster Hallmark store.


Alabaster police arrested 26-year-old Calvin Dreon Meadows on one felony count of impersonating a peace officer after officers were called to the Hallmark store on Jan. 19, said Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney.

Rigney said Meadows entered the store, claimed to be an FBI agent and asked to view the store’s surveillance camera footage. When the store employee asked to see Meadows’ credentials, the suspect was unable to produce them, Rigney said.

“At that point, he became somewhat hostile. That’s when we were called,” Rigney said.

Rigney said his department notified the FBI of the incident after arresting Meadows.

“Any time someone in plain clothes identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and doesn’t voluntarily show their credentials, people should ask to see them,” Rigney said. “If they aren’t able to produce them, call 911 immediately.”