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Troopers: Long Island man posed as federal agent during gun buy

Police arrested Richard DeRosa, 41, of Bellmore, after recovering several weapons and police gear during a search of his home on Wednesday, according to New York State Police.
Police arrested Richard DeRosa, 41, of Bellmore, after recovering several weapons and police gear during a search of his home on Wednesday, according to New York State Police.
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A Long Island man has been arrested after he allegedly posed as a federal agent and used a fake pistol permit when he purchased a handgun in the parking lot of a Hudson Valley fast-food restaurant, New York State Police said Friday.

Richard DeRosa, 41, of Bellmore, was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree criminal impersonation after State Police, the FBI and investigators with the Orange County district attorney’s office raided his home on Wednesday.

Police said they began an investigation in November 2013 after DeRosa allegedly used a fake New York State pistol permit to buy a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in the Orange County town of Montgomery. Cops said DeRosa had contacted the seller online to setup the meeting to buy the gun.

During the encounter, DeRosa “inferred that he was a special agent for the federal government and possesses a valid pistol permit in New York,” police said in a news release. Investigators said De Rosa “was not employed as a federal agent nor did he possess a valid pistol permit in the State of New York.”

DeRosa was released from the Orange County Jail on $10,000 bail. The date of his next court appearance was not immediately available in online court records.