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Crime & Punishment: Someone Smashed the Head of a Virgin Mary Statue and Replaced it With a Garden Gnome
A man patrolling West Haven in a T-shirt reading "Police Narcotics" was not a cop but some weirdo who likes to handcuff people, the actual police told the Connecticut Post. In addition to having the shirt and a few pairs of cuffs, 22-year-old Tuy Chhinnarith had also picked up some police lingo; as he approached a bunch of women standing outside a business, he allegedly spoke into his cellphone, asking for "blacks and whites to respond to this location." (West Haven police cars are colored black and white.) Yet he was not convincing enough for any of them to comply when he reportedly pulled a pair of cuffs out of his backpack. They called the real police and Chhinnarith was charged with impersonating an officer. But he wasn't done: Two days later, he allegedly returned to that business to explain his prior "arrest" was part of an elaborate undercover rouse, leading Chhinnarith to be charged again with the same offense.
By Nick Keppler
September 4, 2012