Syosset man had fake badge, extensive arsenal in car: police

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SYOSSET, New York – A fake badge, assorted guns, a knife and body armor – that’s what police say they found in the back of a Syosset man’s car during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Mark Vicars Photo

Mark Vicars (Nassau County Police Dept.)

Mark Vicars, 49, was driving along Jericho Turnpike around 7:40 a.m. when officers pulled him over.  The traffic stop was part of a joint investigation between the New York office of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Nassau County Police Dept. and the Transportation Security Administration.

After Vicars allegedly flashed a fake badge and Federal Air Marshall credentials, officers searched the back of his 2014 Dodge Durango and found a loaded assault rifle, three high-capacity magazines and both  ballistic body armor and tactical vests, according to police.  He was also carrying a .380 pistol and a knife, according to the arrest report.

After arresting Vicars, investigators searched his suburban home on The Knoll in Syosset and found multiple weapons and roughly 8300 rounds of assorted ammunition.

Vicars was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead on a slew of weapons and forgery charges. He plead not guilty.