A Queens man was found with a cache of weapons that included an AK-47 assault rifle and 17,000 rounds of ammunition after police learned he ordered a fake NYPD police ID online, police said.
Lee Bergman, 43, was arrested Tuesday morning when police discovered the arsenal in a safe in his home at 81-00 Shore Front Parkway in Far Rockaway.
The Internal Affairs Bureau’s police impersonation unit launched the investigation based on a tip that he ordered forged NYPD identification cards over the Internet. After intercepting the package, they executed a search warrant at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Bergman refused to unlock the safe, so an emergency services unit forced it open. They discovered an AK-47, eight handguns, five shotguns, two hunting rifles and six flare guns, along with a pistol version of an AR15 that was found to be stolen from Pennsylvania. Also recovered was a fake NYPD shield and four forged police identification cards.
Bergman was charged with various felonies including criminal impersonation of a police officer, possession of forged instruments, and weapons and narcotics offenses, and numerous misdemeanors.