A Queens man was arrested Wednesday on criminal impersonation and weapons charges after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and tried to pay for jewelry with checks from a closed bank account, Nassau County police said.
Brian Harrington, 31, of Glendale, was arraigned Sept. 12 at First District Court in Hempstead after being charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal impersonation of a police officer and two counts of issuing a bad check.
Detectives said Harrington went to Rafael’s Jewelry on Peninsula Boulevard in Hewlett on Aug. 15 and told the owner he was a cop. He allegedly showed a badge and asked to see a gold chain valued at $2,965.45. Cops said he told the owner that he lost his debit card and wanted to pay by check. During the encounter, he also allegedly showed a holster on his gun belt in an attempt to prove that he was a police officer.
Investigators said he wrote a check for $2,965.45 from his closed bank account for the jewelry and left the store.
Police allege that he tried to pull off the same scam later in the day at the Tri County Flea Market in Levittown. In the second incident, he allegedly entered Gulgattie Jewelry and purchased another gold chain valued at $2,283.75. Cops said he used another check from his closed bank account to make the purchase.
Harrington was arrested Wednesday at the intersection of Healy Street and Oakley Avenue in Elmont.
Court records show he was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 16.