Armed Florida man pretended to be a cop twice to get discounted doughnuts, deputies say
Authorities say an armed Florida man tried twice to impersonate a police officer to get discounted doughnuts.
Pasco County sheriff’s deputies said 48-year-old Charles “Chuck” Barry went to the drive-thru of Dunkin’ Donuts in Trinity last week, said he was a law enforcement officer and asked for a discount on his order.
When the clerk refused to offer a discount, deputies said Barry held up a gun in its holster and said, “See, I’m a cop.”
The clerk said Barry never pointed the weapon at him or took it out of its holster.
Employees said Barry went to the drive-thru again the next day, and the manager wrote down his license plate number and contacted the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said they do not ask for discounts on food, so they set up surveillance Tuesday at Dunkin’ Donuts and stopped Barry after he visited the shop.
The deputy who pulled him over said Barry was wearing his late father’s police badge from New Jersey and carrying a .38 caliber revolver in his front pocket.
“He said he was sorry and started crying,” said Capt. James Mallo. “He made a big mistake.”
After employees identified him as the cop impersonator, Barry was charged with one count of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.
Watch this surveillance video posted online by Pasco Sheriff: