Sham in uniform off to brig 

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At ease, imposter!

The San Mateo man who began a bizarre crime spree on his 19th birthday — including impersonating a cop in order to pull over cars, texting a pal that he planned to “cook [his] mom” and propositioning an underage girl at a mall — is back behind bars.

The reason? He wouldn’t stop wearing a military uniform in public, a prosecutor said.

Allen Grabovetsky, who reportedly has not served in the armed forces, was sentenced to 60 days in jail Tuesday for violating two conditions of his probation, prosecutors said.

Grabovetsky was instructed not to wear a military uniform publicly because he had worn one while committing several criminal acts, including when he tried to impersonate cops in 2010 on his birthday, Dec. 6, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

“It’s not a crime to wear a military uniform, but that was a proper condition of probation,” Wagstaffe said. “He just kept doing it. He apparently has a fixation on that sort of thing.”

Grabovetsky also admitted Tuesday to disobeying orders to take down his Facebook page.

“He is prohibited from using any social networking sites,” Wagstaffe said.

Grabovetsky had been out of custody since last summer after striking a plea deal with prosecutors that has him serving five years of probation.

The birthday meltdown had Grabovetsky starting his criminal career “with a bang,” Wagstaffe has said. That day, he used his parents’ teal pickup truck, a siren and flashing lights to pull over four drivers, telling them to give him cash so they could avoid a ticket.

No one fell for it. A suspicious Panera van driver asked Grabovetsky to see the ticket he planned to issue. He gave that driver a warning instead. A pilot and flight attendant who were stopped while en route to the airport jotted down his license plate number and called police, Wagstaffe said.

Also that day, prosecutors said, Grabovetsky 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.

The mayhem did not end there. Grabovetsky was arrested a few days later on suspicion of trying to sell marijuana on the Hillsdale Caltrain station platform. While being detained, he “stated he was in the military and they should let him go,” prosecutors said.

Then, during a three-day period starting Dec. 16, 2010, Grabovetsky sent threatening text messages to an 18-year-old friend, including, “I’m going to kill you and cook your mom.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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