He called himself “Sergeant Terry” and brought suspects to an office on Long Island he rented and outfitted to look like a police unit, Newsday reports, Henry Terry had the makings of a police officer — a blue uniform, handgun in a leather holster, flashing lights on his dashboard, and a dangling identification badge. Yesterday, a prosecutor said Terry was an impostor: His badges and uniforms were replicas that he had purchased off the Internet, and his lessons in law enforcement came from behind bars.
Terry’s arrest was the latest in a spate of police officer impersonation cases. “This is a matter of serious concern to all of us in law enforcement,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. “It was a real, class-A scam that was run on these people,” said the attorney for one of Terry’s victims. “The reason why he makes himself out to be a police officer, is because police officers have a public trust.”