FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A 49-year-old man was arrested Thursday at the CVS Pharmacy in Fairfield after falsely claiming to be a New Haven police homicide detective and demanding to see the store's security videos, police said.
George Brooks, of Farmingville, N.Y., went into the store on Black Rock Turnpike, showed a a badge and demanded to see the store's security videos as part of a double murder investigation, the police report said.
He looked disheveled, the manager told police. When the manger said he would have to contact corporate offices, Brooks became irate and more demanding, the police report said.
When officers arrived, they found Brooks in the parking lot, attempting to get in the passenger side of a white van with "Top Notch Construction" in red lettering with New York plates, police said.
Brooks told officers he was trying to get the security tapes because he had been "ripped off in a drug deal" and wanted to get the plates of the drug dealers, police said.
Officers asked the van's driver about the drug deal, police said. The man said he did not but said that Brooks enjoyed watching himself on store security tapes and that he had done this before, police said.
During an investigation, Fairfield officers determined that the badge Brooks had was real and contacted the New Haven Police Department, polce said. They also determined that Brooks and the driver were wanted for two incidents in Watertown and Naugatuck earlier this week, police said.
In Watertown, Brooks was reportedly successful in getting security tapes from a gas station after he interviewed several people at the store, police said.
A woman in Naugatuck told police that Brooks and an unknown man in a white van went to her house and offered to clean her chimney for $40, and she declined. He later showed her his New Haven detective badge, and she reported the incident to the Naugatuck Police Department.
Brooks was charged with impersonating a police officer and second-degree breach of peace by Fairfield police and was held on $10,000 bond. He is due in court on March 3.
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