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‘Kid cop’ in trouble again, charged with impersonating a police officer

Vincent Richards19  |  Chicago Police Department photo

Vincent Richardson, 19 | Chicago Police Department photo

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Updated: August 26, 2013 4:26PM

He once made headlines as the “Kid Cop.”

No longer a kid, Vincent Richardson, 19, is once again facing charges that he was pretending to be a police officer.

Richardson walked into VCG Uniform, in the 5000 block of West Irving Park Road, on Tuesday afternoon and told the salesman that he was a cop and wanted to buy supplies, police said.

The salesman recognized Richardson from his other brushes with the law and called police, another store employee said.

Richardson, of the 6300 block of South Marshfield, was charged with felony false personification of a police officer for his most recent stunt, said Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Unlike the first time he committed a similar offense as a 14-year-old, this time Richardson was charged as an adult.

He is expected in bond court Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

In 2009, Richardson made national headlines when he sauntered into the Grand Crossing District station dressed from head to toe in a regulation uniform, fooling officers into assigning him to traffic patrol for five hours. His true identity was discovered toward the end of the shift.

At the time of that incident, Richardson was in eighth grade. His mother, Victoria Brock, told the Chicago Sun-Times then: “Ever since he was 5 years old, he’s wanted to be a police officer. I don’t know why. But his whole life, his favorite [television] show has been ‘Cops.’ ” She said mental health evaluations had shown that her son was healthy.

Then-Mayor Richard M. Daley fumed over the incident, calling for heads to roll.

Months after that ordeal, Richardson dressed up as a businessman and pretended to take a test drive at a South Side car dealership before driving away with a Lexus.

In 2010, Richardson was sentenced to juvenile prison for pushing his mother and stealing his uncle’s car while the older man watched television.

A year later, he was charged as an adult in a gun case. Richardson received one year in prison for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to court records.

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