Man who impersonated cop to get discount on auto repair, facing 18 months in prison
SOUTH ORANGE — An Essex County jury has convicted a 35-year-old man of impersonating a police officer in order to get a discount on car repairs.
Davon Gordon, 35, of Newark was convicted following a two-day trial, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said in a statement Wednesday. According to authorities, Gordon went to an auto repair shop in South Orange on Feb. 5, 2014 and told the owner he was a Newark police detective. Assistant Prosecutor Alaina Caliendo, who tried the case, said Gordon was hoping to convince the owner to give him a lesser price for work that was being done to his vehicle.
"The owner gave him a discount but grew suspicious based on Gordon’s behavior and actions over a two-week period," the prosecutor said.
As the owner's suspicion grew, he contacted South Orange Police. Gordon was eventually arrested while in possession of a police badge and several Fraternal Order of Police cards that witnesses say were not issued by the Newark Police Department.
The charge of impersonating a police officer is the latest in a series of convictions for Gordon.
Between 2001 and 2013, he had seven prior felony convictions for fourth degree offenses including theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest/eluding police and credit card fraud in Essex, Union, Atlantic, Passaic and Hudson counties, authorities said.
When Gordon is sentenced on Dec. 22, he could face 18 months in state prison, which is the maximum sentence for impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to the prosecutor.
Authorities say that after sentencing, Gordon will be sent to Prince William, Virginia where he is facing charges of armed robbery in that state. He has not yet been convicted in connection with that incident, the prosecutor's office said.
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