UPDATED 12/5/15: Cops: Man Posing as Air Marshal Arrested After Police Find Arsenal in His Car, Home
by Debra Hastings – Inside Edition
A New York man posing as an Air Marshal was arrested Friday after being pulled over by police who discovered body armor, illegal weapons and thousands of rounds of ammo, authorities said.
Mark Vicars, 49, was stopped by Nassau County Police on Long Island after receiving a tip, police said during a press conference, WABC-TV reported.
Inside his vehicle, officers discovered a loaded handgun, a loaded assault rifle, a knife, tactical vests and three magazines carrying about 500 rounds, authorities said.
He also had a phony Air Marshal badge, police said.
Cops said they didn’t why Vicars was so heavily armed or why he was posing as an Air Marshal. He showed the bogus credential to officers who pulled him over, authorities said.
At his home in a gated community named Hidden Ridge, investigators found more weaponry: 8,300 rounds of ammunition and four high-powered handguns.
The weapons are not legal, police said. Vicars also had illegal flashing lights on the top of his Dodge Durango, which he turned on when he was stopped on a local turnpike, officers said. READ MORE HERE
HOLY MOLY! POLICE: NY Traffic stop suspect has assault weapon, body armor, 9,000 ammo rounds
AS REPORTED BY THE AP:
SYOSSET, N.Y. – Police in New York say a traffic stop has resulted in the arrest of man posing as a federal air marshal who had an assault rifle, body armor and 8,300 rounds of ammunition.
Nassau County police said Friday that the suspect was stopped Thursday morning on the Jericho Turnpike in the Long Island community of Syosset (sy-AH’-seht).
They say he had a pistol, a knife and the assault rifle in the car, along with the body armor and a tactical vest containing three high capacity magazines. He produced fake credentials and activated emergency lights on his vehicle.
Authorities say they found more weapons and the 8,300 rounds of ammunition at his home.