Coram - (WALK) A Long Island man wearing a police-style get-up and driving a police-style SUV got himself into jail-style trouble by pretending to be a cop and performing unauthorized traffic stops, according to the genuine Suffolk police.
Thomas O'Connor, 42, of Teele Drive, Coram, was decked out in police gear and operating a Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with a dash-mounted police-style flashing lights system when he was arrested shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police say an officer on patrol observed O'Connor performing an apparent traffic stop on Coram-Mt. Sinai Road near West Denis Lane, Coram. O'Connor was dressed in a black shirt with the words "Police K-9 Unit" in white letters; wearing an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shield on a chain around his neck; and wearing a black police belt equipped with a flashlight, handcuffs, police scanner, and what police say was a black pellet gun.
O'Connor is charged with criminal impersonation of a public servant, unauthorized use of colored lights on a vehicle, and unauthorized use of a police receiver.
Police ask anyone who may have encountered Faux Officer O'Connor to call the SCPD 6th Precinct: 631-854-8627, or 631-854-8600.