Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Im...

Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Impersonating Police

There are 25 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 28, 2009, titled Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Impersonating Police. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A volunteer firefighter in Watertown illegally impersonated an officer when he pulled a woman over on Lyme Street by using a flashing blue light, state police said.

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CT Cynic

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 28, 2009
Sadly its Waterford not Watertown
Corrupticut

Lake Hopatcong, NJ

#2 Jan 28, 2009
The Courant couldnt get a story correct if they tried! and they dont
SIG

AOL

#3 Jan 28, 2009
Sounds like a broken record. A loser with a blue light that thinks he's a real Police Officer. Go back home to Mommy's basement and pretent you have a real life.
Benny

Hartford, CT

#4 Jan 28, 2009
She was probably driving like an idiot and deserved it..
Just saying

Colchester, VT

#5 Jan 28, 2009
SIG wrote:
Sounds like a broken record. A loser with a blue light that thinks he's a real Police Officer. Go back home to Mommy's basement and pretent you have a real life.
Seriously! If they knew the BS we have to go through, none of them would want to be cops. Typical fire squirrel...
The Unsilent Majority

East Haddam, CT

#6 Jan 28, 2009
What a loser this guy is! He is better off dead!
Guy

Newington, CT

#7 Jan 28, 2009
A lot of people question why volunteer services are being so picky when they are begging for members. Well here it is!!! This is a person that people should be able to trust in their home. I would only guess that he is no longer a volunteer.
fact checker

New York, NY

#8 Jan 28, 2009
i know you guys have cut staff there, but it's waterford, not watertown. watertown is nowhere near old lyme where this happened.
Boo-Hoo

Bethel Island, CA

#9 Jan 28, 2009
Why does the guy have to be from Waterford ?
Could he not be from Watertown and driving in Old Lyme ?

Might be , might not .
abc

East Lyme, CT

#10 Jan 28, 2009
waterford....not watertown get your story right
Idiot

United States

#11 Jan 28, 2009
The same moron stole a painting in Waterford a few years ago - WWATERFORD, Conn.-- The largest larceny investigation in one town's police history led investigators in a chase that began in Waterford and ended in Amsterdam.

A Waterford man reported a still-life painting missing from his home.

"All the victim had was a poor photocopy of a photograph of a painting. So I was looking for a needle in a haystack, but I wasn't even sure what the needle looked like," said Detective John Davis of the Waterford Police Department.

Davis said that once he determined the name of artwork's creator, Fantin-Latour, he was able to trace the painting through the Internet.

Police said the painting by Latour was stolen by handyman who sold it out of his truck with other items to an Old Saybrook antiques dealer for $100.

The antiques dealer had the painting appraised for $150,000, but when it went to auction it brought a lot more, according to police.

"And that brought me to an article that indicated that the painting had been sold on May 4 at an auction in Milford for a record $1,027,000," Davis said.

Police said the series of sales turned up Charles R. McDougal, 44, of Niantic, the accused thief.

Waterford police said they traveled to the Netherlands and with assistance from the FBI and the art loss registry retrieved the painting and brought it back to Connecticut.

McDougal faces first-degree larceny charges and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court.aterford
anonymos

United States

#12 Jan 28, 2009
The guy belongs to Cohanzie Fire Dept. in Waterford,Ct.
How

Eugene, OR

#13 Jan 28, 2009
Could some involved with a 150,000 dolar theft a few years back be on the street today????
Info guy

United States

#15 Jan 28, 2009
Bill - here is an explaination of the guys probation.

Handyman Gets Probation for Stealing Painting


WATERFORD, Conn.(AP)-- A handyman was sentenced to a special form of probation Tuesday in the theft of a $1 million painting that sent Waterford police on a European odyssey to retrieve it.

Charges against Charles R. McDougal Jr., 45, of Niantic will be dismissed if he completes two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

McDougal has no criminal record and the painting's owner, Nelson White of Waterford, approved the arrangement.

McDougal was charged last year with first-degree larceny. Police called it the largest investigation of its kind in the history of department, one that included help from the FBI, an international stolen arts registry and authorities in the Netherlands.

The small painting of chrysanthemums, an Henri Fatin-Latour original from the 1800s called "Bouquet D'Hiver,'' was taken from White's shed, where McDougal had been doing electrical work.

An Old Saybrook antiques dealer said McDougal was selling the painting and other items out of his trunk last year. She bought the lot for $100. Her lawyer said she had no idea the painting was so valuable. After she hung it in her shop, a savvy customer spotted it and suggested she have appraised.

The appraisal came back at $150,000 and the painting was eventually sold to a buyer in the Netherlands for $1 million. A Waterford detective brought it back last year.

Police said McDougal likely didn't know how valuable the painting was either. He told authorities he took it so he could make a little cash.

"I am sorry for any pain and inconvenience I may have brought to Mr. White and this court,'' McDougal said in court.

Judge Susan B. Handy said she was pleased McDougal would pay restitution to the antiques dealer and to the town of Waterford for the costs of retrieving the painting.

Had it not turned out to be worth so much money, the case would not have drawn so much attention, she said.

"I clearly think he was just trying to turn a quick buck,'' she said.
joe

Old Lyme, CT

#16 Jan 28, 2009
Info guy wrote:
Bill - here is an explaination of the guys probation.
Handyman Gets Probation for Stealing Painting
WATERFORD, Conn.(AP)-- A handyman was sentenced to a special form of probation Tuesday in the theft of a $1 million painting that sent Waterford police on a European odyssey to retrieve it.
Charges against Charles R. McDougal Jr., 45, of Niantic will be dismissed if he completes two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
McDougal has no criminal record and the painting's owner, Nelson White of Waterford, approved the arrangement.
McDougal was charged last year with first-degree larceny. Police called it the largest investigation of its kind in the history of department, one that included help from the FBI, an international stolen arts registry and authorities in the Netherlands.
The small painting of chrysanthemums, an Henri Fatin-Latour original from the 1800s called "Bouquet D'Hiver,'' was taken from White's shed, where McDougal had been doing electrical work.
An Old Saybrook antiques dealer said McDougal was selling the painting and other items out of his trunk last year. She bought the lot for $100. Her lawyer said she had no idea the painting was so valuable. After she hung it in her shop, a savvy customer spotted it and suggested she have appraised.
The appraisal came back at $150,000 and the painting was eventually sold to a buyer in the Netherlands for $1 million. A Waterford detective brought it back last year.
Police said McDougal likely didn't know how valuable the painting was either. He told authorities he took it so he could make a little cash.
"I am sorry for any pain and inconvenience I may have brought to Mr. White and this court,'' McDougal said in court.
Judge Susan B. Handy said she was pleased McDougal would pay restitution to the antiques dealer and to the town of Waterford for the costs of retrieving the painting.
Had it not turned out to be worth so much money, the case would not have drawn so much attention, she said.
"I clearly think he was just trying to turn a quick buck,'' she said.
so let me guess, the 100 hours of community service is serving as a volunteer firefigher...
Bill

United States

#17 Jan 29, 2009
Hey info guy thanks for the info. SO the guy volunteers in a capacity where he is in people's house? What is wrong with this picture. Wonder what his neighbors think? Bet the property value is dropping in his neighborhood.
Mark from New Jersey

Toms River, NJ

#18 Jan 29, 2009
Hey Benny, don't know who the bigger moron is. this jackoff that punched my daughter who is 4'10" and 110lbs soaking wet, or a jerk like you who thinks that anyone, especially a woman, should have some one put their hands on them. hope you and those you hold dear to you have a similar situation happen to them.
Angry Mom

Toms River, NJ

#19 Jan 29, 2009
This guy goes from being a thief to an attacker. What's next, murder? After reading the above articles about Mr. McDougal, he sounds as though he should be locked away for life. He knows how to beat the system for his own self worth. If that was my daughter, I would have shoved his flashing lights down his throat until they shown out of every oriface. As for "Benny" are you related to this guy or just a jerk?
ABrooks

United States

#20 Jan 29, 2009
Just saying wrote:
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Seriously! If they knew the BS we have to go through, none of them would want to be cops. Typical fire squirrel...
Just a reply:
I am a firefighter, EMT, and have a degree in criminal justice. My father is a detective and has been on the force for 20+ years. I know what both sides are like so please don't even complain about the "BS" you go through. If that's how you feel, stop being a cop! It's people like you that feel you put up with "BS" that gives other cops a bad name!
Mcdougalneighbro

New London, CT

#21 Jan 29, 2009
Mark from New Jersey wrote:
Hey Benny, don't know who the bigger moron is. this jackoff that punched my daughter who is 4'10" and 110lbs soaking wet, or a jerk like you who thinks that anyone, especially a woman, should have some one put their hands on them. hope you and those you hold dear to you have a similar situation happen to them.
I am so sorry that your daughter had to go through this. Mcdougal is a neighbor of mine, and no one can stand him

I mean, we really detest his entire family...the guy is a friggin creep. He was hated when he belonged to the Niantic FD, and was kicked out of there as well.

The guy needs to be in prison...

I wish your daughter well, I am sorry she had to go through this.

But please know, I grew up in our local FD's, my dad was cheif of one of them. These are typically a great group of people who would never dream of doing something like this. They are a passionate bunch who dedicate their time to help people in need. I was always treated with respect by the guys in the department...always.

My thoughts are with you

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