2015-09-16 / Front Page

Security Guard Busted For Police Impersonation

By Liz Goff
Police on routine patrol in the 110th Precinct nabbed a restaurant security guard on September 3 who was pretending to be a real cop, authorities said.

Police said the cops pulled over just before midnight on September 3, to break up a dispute in a parking lot outside Joe’s Crab Shack at 90-50 59th Ave. in Corona when they noticed the guard was sporting authentic-looking NYPD gear.

When the cops questioned Dwight Harley, 50, about an NYPD shield and a 40-caliber automatic handgun he had attached to his belt, the restaurant security guard said he was an off-duty NYPD officer, police said.

The cops arrested Harley when he was unable to provide identification showing he was a city cop, police said.

During Harley’s arrest processing at the 110th Precinct stationhouse, police recovered the 40-daliber weapon and an NYPD-issued holster, the NYPD shield, a bullet-proof vest, a canister of pepper spray, two sets of police-issue handcuffs, a police-issue expandable baton and two Motorola radios like those used by the NYPD from Harley, authorities said.

Harley, of Flushing, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and police impersonation at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

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