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Friday, March 23 News

PD: Former cop charged with police impersonation

Theodore A. Winski, 61, of 124 Jefferson St., Stamford, was arrested June 5 on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

A New Canaan police officer running radar at 5 p.m. on Oenoke Ridge saw a vehicle traveling south with an expired registration, according to the report. The officer stopped the white 2002 Buick Regal on Luke's Wood Road and as he approached the driver, he noticed two navy blue police uniform shirts with a Stamford police patch in the backseat, the report stated. When police asked Winski where he was coming from, he said he "was on the job in Stamford," according to police.

The officer asked the man to see his police identification or badge, police said, but Winski said he wasn't carrying either. The officer checked the status of the suspect's license and found it was "suspended indefinitely," police said.

Upon contacting the Stamford Police Department, police learned Winski had been an officer in Stamford before but hasn't worked there in years, according to the report.

In the rear seat of the car, the officer also found a clipboard containing summonses and police uniform pants, police said.

Wisnki was issued misdemeanor summonses for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating with a suspended license.

For the criminal charge, he posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 19.