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Prison inmate posing in Okaloosa pilot scam arrested


New this morning -- Okaloosa County Deputies have arrested a recently released prison inmate posing as a pilot.

Deputies Bruce Cowart pretended to be a pilot to scam his way into vacation rental homes and steal belongings. Investigators say Cowart was wearing his phony airline clothing and carrying a bogus airline ID when they took him into custody Wednesday.

He was caught driving a stolen truck down Highway 98 in Mary Esther.

Cowart is charged with grand theft, providing false information for pawned items, and home or private business invasion by false impersonation.

The investigation is on going.