NY men pose as cops to cut 'Grand Theft Auto' line
One man was the son of a retired cop, another was an auxiliary officer
STATEN ISLAND — The game is over for three New York men who reportedly posed as cops to cut hundreds of people in a midnight line to buy “Grand Theft Auto V.” The Staten Island Advance reports that the three men — one an auxiliary NYPD officer, another the son of a retired cop — skipped the long line at the Staten Island Mall late Tuesday to buy the latest installment in the top-selling video game that allows players to play three hardened criminals in a fictional California town.
Police identified the suspects as Frank Santanastaso, 19; Matthew Kirsheh, 20; and Kirolos Abdel Sayed, 19, all of New York City’s Staten Island borough.
According to court documents and law enforcement sources, Santanastaso had his father's NYPD shield tattooed on his arm, Kirsheh was carrying a fake NYPD shield in his wallet and Abdel Sayed had his auxiliary badge and ID.
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