Suspended Perth Amboy police chief charged with impersonating police officer

A suspended police chief has been charged with trespassing and impersonating a police officer.

Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz in a previous interview with News 12 New Jersey. Ruiz was charged Tuesday with impersonating a police officer.

Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz in a previous interview with News 12 New Jersey. Ruiz was charged Tuesday with impersonating a police officer. (5/31/16)

PERTH AMBOY - A suspended police chief has been charged with trespassing and impersonating a police officer.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office says that Benjamin Ruiz was seen hiding outside of a convenience store on Smith Street on multiple occasions spanning a three-month period, watching an unidentified neighbor.

When the store employees asked what he was doing outside the store, he told them that he was a police officer.

However, investigators say that Ruiz was not working in an official police capacity.

Ruiz has been suspended since 2014 after he was charged with theft for allegedly using the police department’s mechanic to repair his personal vehicle.

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