San Mateo man who went on birthday crime spree out on bail 

A 19-year-old San Mateo man accused of kicking off a crime spree on his birthday, including trying to impersonate a traffic cop in order to pull over drivers, has posted bail and is out of custody.

Allen Grabovetsky faces a slew of charges following a strange series of run-ins with police in December.

On Dec. 6, his birthday, the adult teen “started his criminal career with a bang” when he allegedly used his parents’ teal pickup truck, a siren and flashing red lights to pull over four drivers, telling them to give him cash so they could avoid a ticket, prosecutors said.

One of the victims was a Panera Bread truck driver in Millbrae, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The trick failed and he was later found in his truck and arrested, according to police.

Also that same day, Grabovetsky allegedly harassed a 15-year-old girl outside Hillsdale Mall, inviting her to join him in his pickup truck. The girl ran away and contacted police.

Grabovetsky was arrested a few days later on suspicion of trying to sell marijuana at the Hillsdale train station platform. While being detained, he “stated he was in the military and they should let him go,” prosecutors said.

The final incident was a three-day period starting Dec. 16 when Grabovetsky allegedly sent threatening text messages to an 18-year-old friend, threatening her and her mother, according to prosecutors.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Grabovetsky regained his freedom after posting bail on June 24. But he isn’t out of the woods. His trial is scheduled to take place in August, Wagstaffe said.

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