Officials: Justin Conte of Kings Park, 43, is being charged with Criminal Impersonation, Weapon and Drug Possession.
SCPD announced the arrest of Justin Conte of Kings Park, 43, for Criminal Impersonation,
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Kings Park, NY - February 16, 2018 - Suffolk County Police on Thursday, February 15, 2018 arrested a Kings Park man for Criminal Impersonation in a hotel parking lot in Ronkonkoma at approximately 7:55 p.m.
Two plain clothes officers saw a man sitting in a silver 2014 Hyundai Tucson in the rear parking lot of the Clarion Hotel, located at 18-45 Veterans Memorial Hwy., when the officers noticed smoke and approached the vehicle to investigate. They smelled marijuana and noticed he was wearing a police badge. They interviewed the man, who admitted the badge was fake. The officers also found an expandable baton and a fake police chief placard in the vehicle in plain view.
Justin Conte, 43, of Kings Park, was arrested and brought to the precinct. Police discovered he had a valid pistol permit with three weapons. Officers went to safeguard the weapons at his house, where they found three illegal guns including two AR-15 rifles and a 38-caliber revolver. Numerous other types of police equipment were also found.
Following the investigation by the Fifth Squad, Conte was charged with Criminal Impersonation 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of Marijuana 5th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree.
Conte will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at First District Court in Central Islip.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone who has additional information is asked to contact the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.