Riverhead man arrested for burglary, impersonating officer

06/20/2010 12:00 AM |

A group of Riverside residents captured a Riverhead man breaking into their home while pretending to be a police officer early Saturday morning and held him until he was arrested, authorities said.
Southampton Town Police said Bruce Parham, 50,  entered the Old Quogue Road home through an unlocked door about 4 a.m. He then allegedly woke a sleeping resident by shining a flashlight, announced that he was a police officer and demanded money. The man told Mr. Parham he had no money which caused him to get angry and hit the victim in the head, authorities said.
The other residents of the home rushed in and helped subdue Mr. Parham until police arrived. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for injuries suffered during the struggle. It is not clear which hospital he was taken to or what injuries he was treated for.
Mr. Parham was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal impersonation and third-degree attempted robbery.