FULLERTON (CBS) — A hunt for a stolen law enforcement badge featured on a popular online site led police on Tuesday to a pair of runaway teenage girls, two suspects with burglary tools and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

The suspects were identified as Nathan Hohnstein, 25, and Salah Godfrey, 36, and the girls, 16 and 17, were returned to their families, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

Someone who works for the city of Orange notified Fullerton police that someone was selling a sheriff’s deputy’s badge on Craigslist, Goodrich said.

Officers met the sellers at East Orangethorpe Avenue and South Placentia Avenue in Placentia and determined the badge was one issued to dispatchers but could be mistaken for a sworn deputy’s badge, he said.

After the meeting, detectives followed the men to an address where they found the girls, the burglary tools, the drug pipe and a big-screen television stolen from a Holiday Inn in Anaheim, Goodrich said.

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Comments (8)
  1. AJ says:

    Yet another episode of ‘The Worlds Stupidist Criminals’

  2. Big Jue says:


  3. D.A.R.E says:

    Meth! the drug that will wipe out the human race! i guess we can call it, the mexican revenge! Support your drug cartel, buy Meth! (in sarcastic tone)

  4. Robert says:

    Hey dummy most meth smokers are white. They are sick they rape their own kids and do s**t like that. So why is it the Mexican revenge

  5. "republican empire falls" says:

    “the white maggot shlt-bag race” created it nazis scientists fact!!! the same people that have the economy fu#k-up!! ect.fact!!!

  6. Phiilip says:

    Dispatchers, custodians, file clerks and jailers SHOULD NOT be issued badges. The potential to be mistaken for law enforcement is too great.

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