Nassau County Police Department recovered a cache of weapons and over 8,000 rounds of ammo said to belong to a Syosset man. As part of ongoing investigation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Transportation Security Administration, authorities said Mark Vicars, 49, was pulled over during a traffic stop that led to his arrest.
Police said that Vicars showed a fake ID that said he was a federal air marshal. Police also found a loaded pistol, gravity knife, assault rifle, ballistic body armor, a tactical vest that said "Federal Agent," and three high-capacity magazines containing 30 rounds each for that rifle, authorities said.
Inside Vicars' Syosset home in a gated community, police found multiple weapons and the 8,300 rounds of ammunition.
In court, he pleaded not guilty to charges including criminal possession of a weapon and forged instrument. His Legal Aid attorney said the weapons were lawfully owned and that Vicars didn't attempt to hurt anyone.
Neighbors we spoke with are shocked especially after what happened in California.
Federal authorities and Nassau police confirmed there is no apparent link to terrorism or direct threat to residents but that investigation is ongoing. They are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.