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Crime & Punishment: Danbury Resident Goes To Italy, Breaks a Finger Off the Virgin Mary Statue
The half-brother of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was arrested in Old Lyme for impersonating a law enforcement officer in a bizarre, elaborate and seemingly pointless ruse. Outfitted in a nylon belt holding a real, loaded pistol, Bruce Browne (who spells the family name with an "e" for some reason) allegedly stood on a town beach and misidentified himself to boaters as a Coast Guard officer. The 46-year-old Wolcott resident allegedly "inspected" at least three boats, even though he is not actually affiliated with any branch of the armed forces or law enforcement agency, reports WFSB. When the real police caught up with him, they discovered his Crown Victoria had been rigged with lights and antennas that made it look like a police vehicle. A search of the car allegedly turned up three loaded handguns, 200-plus rounds of ammunition, two sets of handcuffs, an expandable baton, a TSA badge and a bulletproof vest with "police" written on the back. Not discovered was any explanation for this rouse. Browne's older brother, a Republican state legislator and former male model, won an upset in a 2010 Massachusetts special election held after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy and was swept away by Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
By Nick Keppler
August 13, 2013