Alleged fake cop arrested by the real thing

May 13, 2009 5:00:04 AM PDT
A man allegedly pretending to be a police officer was busted by a real one.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Brecht of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office observed what appeared to be a police officer in an unmarked Crown Victoria and a woman in a minivan stopped on the Long Island Expressway.

According to Brecht, he saw the 2005 white Ford Crown Victoria with emergency lights at Exit 57 westbound in the HOV enforcement lane.

A man wearing a body armor vest, boots and dark clothes with partially visible patch on the shirt was questioning the driver.

Brecht approached, but he became suspicious when the man was unable to produce police identification.

Brecht arrested the man identified as 39-year-old Juan Santiago of Middle Island.

Investigators said the vehicle has a full police package including lights, push bumper, scanner, and a Crime Stoppers sticker.

If anyone has had contact with Santiago under similar circumstances, they should contact the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at (631) 852-2290.


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