The son of a former Morris County NJ sheriff’s officer allegedly used his father’s badge and gun to get free items in Florida.
According to Florida police, Charles T. Barry flashed his father’s badge at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-in on State Route 54 in Trinity, Florida. Police said that the younger Mr. Barry attempted to use the badge on three occasions; he was caught when he tried it a third time.
Mr. Barry is accused of using the badge to request a discount off his order. When he allegedly tried the stunt a second time, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee told her manager, who then wrote down Mr. Barry’s license plate number.
Florida authorities later set up surveillance at the store. When Mr. Barry returned to the store, the surveillance was in place. This time, Mr. Barry allegedly held up a .38 caliber gun in a holster in order to persuade the Dunkin’ Donuts employees to give him free items.
Florida police officers arrested Mr. Barry and confiscated the badge, the firearm, a Morris County Sheriff’s Office patch, and bullets. According to sources, the items belonged to Mr. Barry’s father.
Florida authorities have charged Mr. Barry with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
For more information about this strange incident, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Used Father’s Morris County Sheriff’s Badge, Gun to Buy Discounted Donuts, Authorities Say.“