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Serge Bernstein arrested in Glocester, RI.

Serge Bernstein arrested in Glocester, RI.

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GLOCESTER, RI (CBS) – A convicted felon from Brockton, Massachusetts was armed with an 11-inch knife, a fake gun, was wearing body armor, and tried to pass himself off as a Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff when officers pulled him over in Rhode Island on Thursday, according to police.

Officers stopped Serge Bernstein, 37, around 3 p.m. in Glocester, R.I. for a motor vehicle violation.

During the traffic stop, an officer spotted the knife on the floor of the car. They also discovered that Bernstein was wearing a protective bullet proof vest, which is illegal to have.

Evidence found with Serge Bernstein. (Photo from Glocester PD)

Evidence found with Serge Bernstein. (Photo from Glocester PD)

Officers questioned Bernstein, who had a replica 9 millimeter automatic pistol on him that was loaded with blanks. He told police he was a Deputy Sheriff of Barnstable County, and allegedly produced a badge to try and back his claim.

Police brought Bernstein to Glocester Police Headquarters. There, they learned he was not a Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff and that he has a 1998 felony larceny conviction out of Randolph.

Bernstein was charged with felony possession of body armor, impersonating a police officer, a weapons charge, and obstruction of a police officer.

He has since been released until his next scheduled court date on April 19.

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