Thursday, July 19, 2018
Public safety

Man charged with impersonating an officer outside Brooksville Walmart

BROOKSVILLE — A Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of impersonating a police officer in the parking lot at Walmart in Brooksville.

Brooksville police said Richard Charles Bretton, 56, of Newtown, Conn., approached an underage girl in a car in the lot at 7305 Broad St., about 6 p.m. Monday. He told the girl he was an "undercover police office" and was investigating suspicious activity in the parking lot, according to a news release from police.

During the conversation, Bretton made lewd comments, reached inside the vehicle and grabbed at the girl around her legs, then fled, authorities said.

Police used video surveillance to help identify Bretton’s car. He was arrested Wednesday night after he was picked out of a photo lineup.

He was being held Thursday at the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of impersonating a police officer and battery.

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