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02 July 2018
State Police Troop “L” Announce the Arrest of a Seaford Man for Forging a Police ID
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major David C. Candelaria
Troop L Commander
On March 12, 2018 at approximately 9:10 p.m., the New York State Police Gun Investigation Unit, assisted by the Long Island Heroin Task Force, stopped a vehicle, a gray Chevy Tahoe bearing NY Registration M 1029, on Expressway Drive in Seaford for vehicle and traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andrew Decter, 22, of Seaford, NY. The Tahoe, which resembled an emergency vehicle, had a push bar on the front, emergency lighting, a computer and a radio. A search of the vehicle revealed Decter had the following items: a NYS Insurance Fund Investigator shield #10292 on a lanyard, a NYSP Shield on a lanyard, a NYS Employee ID card Badge 1029, an air soft Glock Pistol, an air soft Sig Saur, black hand cuffs, an expandable baton, a black raid jacket with NYS DOI on the back and two black Hawk Gun Holsters.
This traffic stop initiated a 2-month long investigation with the assistance of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and on May 14th, 2018 Decter was stopped on Hicksville Road in Massapequa, driving a Crown Victoria, and was placed under arrest. Decter was charged with Forgery 2nd (Felony), Possession of a Forged Instrument (Misdemeanor), and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (Misdemeanor).
The Two vehicles Decter drove were: a 2011 gray Chevy Tahoe and a 2007 black Ford Crown Victoria.
The New York State Police is asking if there are any additional victims that may have been stopped by Decter impersonating a police officer, to please contact the State Police at (631)756-3300. All calls will remain confidential.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said, “When someone who is not law enforcement is alleged to be carrying a police shield, airsoft pistols and other police paraphernalia, that person poses a risk to the citizens of Nassau County. We are working with our partners at the New York State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on this continuing investigation.”
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