December 5, 2015 1:00 am -


He was impersonating an air marshal.

Investigators are trying to unravel what Mark Vicars was doing with the weapons but said he has no apparent links to terrorism.

Acting on a tip, authorities stopped Vicars, 49, in his 2014 Dodge Durango on the Jericho Turnpike in Syosset about 7:40 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

Vicars, who lives in Syosset, turned on flashing lights and brandished a fake shield identifying himself as a federal Air Marshal when stopped, officials said. Cops found he was carrying a knife and a .380-caliber pistol.

They then searched his home, finding a loaded assault rifle, a ballistic body armor vest, a tactical vest and three high-capacity magazines carrying 8,300 rounds.

Although he had a fake badge, a parking placard, hat and other items indicating that he worked for Homeland Security, Vicars has never been employed by any law enforcement agency, authorities said.




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