Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Police try to unravel mystery of man with huge stash of fake IDs

(CNN) -- Police in Florida are trying to solve a mystery surrounding a man arrested with an enormous stash of fake military, law enforcement and medical paraphernalia including federal badges, police radios and even a full NASA flight suit and helmet.

In all, Roy Antigua had about 200 suspicious items when he was arrested this month, said James Steffens, chief of the New Port Richey Police Department.

The cache found in Antigua's two homes and Cadillac Escalade included diplomatic license plates and dozens of fake identification cards from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Defense, CIA and NASA. The suspect also had access badges to hospitals around Florida, doctor and nurse scrubs, a respiratory technician badge, police blue lights and access stickers to Coast Guard bases around Florida, Steffens said.

Authorities are wondering if Antigua, 52, was a frequent guest at costume parties or if he was hatching something sinister.

"We need to know from start to finish: 'Who is Roy Antigua? What have been his activities and behaviors?' So we can verify that we have a problem or we can confirm that there isn't a problem," Steffens said at a news conference Monday. "We want to know if he is a threat or is he living a very active fantasy life."

Police arrested Antigua in the coastal Florida city of New Port Richey on August 1 for violation of parole and a traffic offense. But that was not the first dealings authorities had had with the mysterious man, Steffens told reporters. Read More