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Staten Island trio poses as cops to cut Grand Theft Auto V line

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Three fans of the new Grand Theft Auto game are under arrest for an alleged crime you might find in the game itself.

The trio is accused of impersonating police officers just to score a copy of the fifth installment of the action thriller video game before everybody else.

Kirolos Abdel Sayed, 19, Matthew Kirshen, 20, and Frank Santanastoso, 19, were picked up after jumping the line at the Staten Island Mall Tuesday.

Police say the three drove to the mall in an unmarked police car with lights and sirens that was purchased at an auction.

One of them told a mall worker he was with the NYPD, and they were allowed entry.

They used their fake authority to jump the line of about 500 gathered outside the Gamestop store, purchased the game and left in the car.

Their plan started to unravel when the driver ran several red lights, which attracted the attention of the real police.

They are charged with impersonating a police officer and face up to a year in jail.

The game is expected to bring in $1 billion worldwide.

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