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Massive weapons hoard found at home of arrested L.I. man

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Updated: Friday, December 4, 2015, 3:36 PM

The arsenal seized by authorities from Vicars' car included an assault rifle and over 8,000 rounds of ammunition.David Wexler/For New York Daily News

The arsenal seized by authorities from Vicars’ car included an assault rifle and over 8,000 rounds of ammunition.

A Long Island man impersonating a federal Air Marshal has been arrested for having a frightening cache of weapons, ammo and body armor, officials said Friday.

Investigators are trying to unravel what Mark Vicars was doing with the weapons but said he has no apparent links to terrorism.

Acting on a tip, authorities stopped Vicars, 49, in his 2014 Dodge Durango on the Jericho Turnpike in Syosset about 7:40 a.m. Thursday, officials said.  

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Police are trying to determine what Mark Vicars, 49, was doing with all the weaponry.NCPD

Police are trying to determine what Mark Vicars, 49, was doing with all the weaponry.

Vicars, who lives in Syosset, turned on flashing lights and brandished a fake shield identifying himself as a federal Air Marshal when stopped, officials said. Cops found he was carrying a knife and a .380-caliber pistol.

They then searched his home, finding a loaded assault rifle, a ballistic body armor vest, a tactical vest and three high-capacity magazines carrying 8,300 rounds.

Although he had a fake badge, a parking placard, hat and other items indicating that he worked for Homeland Security, Vicars has never been employed by any law enforcement agency, authorities said.

Photos of evidence seized and mugshot of Mark Vicars at Press Conference, Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015, in Mineola. Vicars, 49, of Syosset, was arrested Thursday morning for illegal posession of multiple weapons and for fraudently identifying himself as a Federal Air Marshall. (David Wexler For New York Daily News) David Wexler/For New York Daily News

Photos of evidence seized and mugshot of Mark Vicars at Press Conference, Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015, in Mineola. Vicars, 49, of Syosset, was arrested Thursday morning for illegal posession of multiple weapons and for fraudently identifying himself as a Federal Air Marshall. (David Wexler For New York Daily News)

Enlarge Weapons that were confiscated from Mark Vicars at Press Conference, Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015, in Mineola. Vicars, 49, of Syosset, was arrested Thursday morning for illegal posession of multiple illegal weapons and for fraudently identifying himself as a Federal Air Marshall. (David Wexler For New York Daily News) David Wexler/For New York Daily News

Weapons that were confiscated from Mark Vicars at Press Conference, Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015, in Mineola. Vicars, 49, of Syosset, was arrested Thursday morning for illegal posession of multiple illegal weapons and for fraudently identifying himself as a Federal Air Marshall. (David Wexler For New York Daily News)

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Vicars was impersonating an Air Marshal, and came complete with a fake badge and car. When cops went to his house, a massive weapons hoard was found.

He has no criminal record, officials said.

Vicars was hit with a slew of weapons charges as well as possession of a forged instrument.

The stop was conducted by Special Investigation Squad detectives in joint operation with the New York office of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Transportation Security Administration, police said.

The arrest took place a day after Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 21 more during a bloody rampage at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif. 

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