"They posed as cops so they could play as crooks", opens this piece on silive. There's really no better way to put it.
According to reports from the NYPD, three men from Staten Island have been charged after they were caught impersonating police officers in order to cut in line ahead of hundreds of people waiting to buy Grand Theft Auto V from the Staten Island Mall.
One of the three charged was an auxiliary NYPD officer. One was the son of a retired officer. They pulled up in a car (purchased at a police auction) with a "lights-and-siren package installed", and flashed badges in the mall to get to the front of the line.
They were doing a pretty good job of convincing everyone. Apparently a mall guard offered them coffee, while GameStop staff thanked them for the extra security. After flashing badges once again, they were able to buy the game
Things fell apart when they left, though, as they made an illegal u-turn in the fake cop car on the way out. Right in front of a real cop, who was there in an unmarked car.
The three have been charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, and if found guilty could spend up to a year in prison.