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(KSL News) A former Utah Highway Patrol officer has been charged with impersonating an officer and robbing people he pulled over.
Christopher Mark Topham retired from the UHP in 2003 after 12 years on the job. The charges allege that during May and June of this year, Topham wore an old highway patrol jacket and badge, carried a gun and made several stops along I-70.
He asked for IDs, and when motorists handed over their wallets Topham allegedly stole money. He's accused of stealing more than $9,000.
UHP Sgt. Jeff Nigbur says, "We're actually very shocked that this particular retired trooper took the action that he did and committed criminal acts with the highway patrol insignia."
Topham is in the Sevier County jail. A cash-only bail has been set for more than a quarter million dollars.