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Photo Credit: Courtesy SOUTH HACKENSACK PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy SOUTH HACKENSACK PD

UPDATE: An ex-con who South Hackensack police said they caught carrying a loaded gun, dozens of fake law enforcement ID cards and badges and all kinds of police equipment was simply staying overnight at a Route 46 motel and apparently wasn’t planning anything nefarious in the area, authorities said today.

South Hackensack Police Capt. Robert Kaiser told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that his investigators also “haven’t heard of any other incidents yet” in which Scott Geddes impersonated a law enforcement officer.

The unemployed Geddes told a borough police officer that he was with the New York SPCA — an agency that doesn’t exist, Kaiser said. He also showed the officer a fake ID card with his photo and name, as well as what looked like a genuine badge, the captain said.

The impersonation didn’t end there.

Geddes, 48, of Lynbrook, N.Y.,  was driving a Ford Taurus tricked out with sirens, strobe lights, tinted windows, a license-plate cover, a police scanner — and a camera next to the rearview mirror, Kaiser said.

The officer checked him out after a clerk at the Stagecoach Motel said that Geddes identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

He arrested Geddes after he found him carrying a loaded .357 revolver in his waistband, the captain said.

Among other items that Kaiser said were seized: handcuffs, a bullet-proof vest, pepper spray, a gas mask, a blackjack, a nightstick, badge-engraving equipment and nearly 100 bogus badges from the FBI, Department of Defense, NYPD and other agencies.

Topping it off, Kaiser said, Geddes also had a copy of the Miranda warning read to people being arrested.

Geddes was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with a pair of weapons offenses — including being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Investigators, meanwhile, were trying to determine where the badges and other gear came from.



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