Police: Thomas O'Connor, of Coram, accused of impersonating cop, pulling over driver

Police say a Coram man pretended to be a police officer and performed a traffic stop on Saturday night. (4/13/14)

CORAM - Police say a Coram man pretended to be a police officer and performed a traffic stop on Saturday night.

Police officers say they caught 42-year-old Thomas O'Connor performing the stop on Coram-Mount Sinai Road near West Dennis Lane in Coram.

O'Connor's gray Jeep Grand Cherokee was equipped with red and white flashing lights, police say. He was allegedly wearing a police shirt and shield on a chain around his neck, and was carrying a pellet gun and handcuffs.

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O'Connor was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal impersonation of a public servant, unauthorized use of colored lights on a vehicle, and unauthorized use of a police receiver.

Police say they have not released O'Connor's mug shot for investigative reasons.

O'Connor pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was ordered held on $5,000 bail.

Anyone who may have had an encounter with O'Connor is urged to call police at 631-854-8627.

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