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LI man’s fake police badge was ‘for his protection,’ court records say

A Kings Park man accused of impersonating a police officer said he hung a phony NYPD badge around his neck “for his protection,” according to court documents.

Justin Conte, 43, pleaded not guilty Friday to six charges, including impersonating a police officer, having illegal weapons — including two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles — and possession of marijuana.

No one answered the phone at Conte’s Bristol Lane home Saturday and his West Babylon attorney, Richard Toscani, could not be reached for comment. He has no known criminal record.

Suffolk County police approached Conte’s 2014 Hyundai Tucson on Thursday night in the Clarion Hotel parking lot on Veteran’s Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma, where they found a cache of weapons, court records state.

Conte was wearing a blue midtown theater squad T-shirt and a “conspicuously displayed NYPD police badge,” according to court records. Conte also had a New York State Police Chiefs Association placard on the headrest of the driver’s seat, court records said.

Police found a variety of martial arts weapons, stun guns and knives in the car, including a switchblade, a cane sword, metal knuckles, nunchucks, a kung fu star and an expandable baton, court records state.

Marijuana also was found in the car and Conte told officers that he had “smoked a little weed,” police said.

Police searched Conte’s Kings Park home early Friday morning and found two AR-15 rifles and an unlicensed .38 revolver, cops said. Conte also had three legal handguns and a legal 12-gauge shotgun in his home.

Suffolk County District Court Judge Jennifer Henry in First District Court in Central Islip set bail Friday at $22,750 cash or $45,500 bond.

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