Fake Officer Stops Real One

Fake Officer Stops Real One

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    Fake Officer Stops Real One

    Police: Driver arrested after he pulls over detective on LI

    July 11, 2007, 8:30 AM EDT

    BOHEMIA, N.Y. (AP) _ A driver posing as a police officer tried to pull off a bogus traffic stop, but he ran into trouble when the other motorist turned out to be a real off-duty detective, police said.

    Robert Lane, 25, was to be arraigned Wednesday after being arrested on charges of criminal impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Suffolk County police said.

    Driving an SUV fitted out with flashing lights, Lane stopped the New York police detective on the Sunrise Highway on Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk police said. They said Lane told investigators the detective had cut him off.

    The detective became suspicious after Lane drove up alongside him, identified himself as an officer and flashed a small police badge, Suffolk police said. The detective showed his own police ID, told Lane to pull over, followed him when he didn't and called authorities, according to police. The detective's name was not released.

    No telephone number for Lane could be found at the Levittown address police gave for him, and police were unsure whether he had a lawyer.

    Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.

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    Cost of flashy lights on car: Who knows?
    Cost of crummy fake badge: Who cares?
    Cost of legitimate shield in the other car: Priceless.

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    It must really take an enormous lack of brains to try something that stupid. ...why on earth would anyone want to impersonate a police officer is beyond me...complete with LIGHTS?! common what was this guy thinking?

    I would have liked to have seen his face when the real police officer showed his ID

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    I too would like to have been a ''fly on the wall'' LOL.

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    At the stupid people petting zoo,
    You can go inside and walk around.
    And sometimes, stupid people will come up to you,
    And you can pet them on their stupid heads.
    At the stupid people petting zoo, that is.

    I wonder if that idiot lived there?
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    When I was in highway contruction, I had lights installed in my vehicle for safety reasons and I could see how it would have been mistaken as an unmarked police vehicle. I, on the other hand, had (and hope I still have) brains and never had the idea of falsely pulling people over.

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    I love it when things like this happen.

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    Where this occurred, Bohemia Long Island, this is a real problem. There have been a rash of cop impersonators in the last year. One guy in Huntington handcuffed people and is awaiting trial for sexual assualt and other crimes committed while posing as an officer. There was a bank manager pulled over and killed by a fake cop last year on Long Island as a part of a plan to rob the bank. Other people have also been arrested for LEO impersonation.

    Just this morning I saw a guy in a security guard uniform pulled over and being frisked on the back of his car by to LEOs on the side of the highway... given the amount of impersonators the first thing that came to my mind was he might be another.

    With all the impersonators my wife has orders to NEVER pull over for an unmarked car. Let them flash their lights and yell all they want. She is going to call 911, establish where she is and insist on a marked squad car. Too many people have been taken advantage of to do otherwise. At the same time police departments need to completely stop using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement. That practice makes the job of the impersonator much easier and puts both the officers and public in danger.

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    This is incredibly common now days, police impersonators with fully kitted out vehicles and even uniforms.
    Stories of this hit the news monthly almost as often as bank robberies.

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    This actually happened to me, many years ago.

    The faux cop was a security guard with a tin badge and a wannabe complex.

    I was a real cop with a real badge.

    The wannabe's hoped for law enforcement career never did work out, for some reason.

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    In a nearby city there has been a rash of rapes occurring with just this type of MO. Based on vehicle description Police believe the rapist purchased the vehicle from a State Police surplus sale then fitted it with red flashing dash lights. This BG is armed and flashing a badge, he handcuffs the woman puts her in his car then commits the crime.

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    Pathetic Individual...but, kinda funny the way he got nabbed.

    Some total idiot should have stayed in bed that day.

    What a hapless, hopeless, moron.
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    Over here now!
    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    I love it when things like this happen.
    One of our Sergeants on an out of the way road chanced upon an unmarked on a traffic stop and stopped to back him up. It wound up being an impersonator who had stopped a female motorist.

    Who knows what may have happened.
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