Scott Brown's Brother Accused of Weird Boat Heist

He allegedly impersonated a cop to commandeer the vessel

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 9, 2013 4:55 PM CDT | Updated Aug 9, 2013 5:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Connecticut police arrested a man yesterday, saying that he'd impersonated an officer, and used that disguise to steal a boat. Police found Bruce W. Browne, 46, driving a blue Crown Victoria adorned with police lights. Inside the car they found three loaded guns, two pairs of handcuffs, a police baton, a black bullet-proof vest with "POLICE" embroidered on each side, and a TSA badge, WBZ reports. Earlier, he allegedly "commandeered" a boat by showing its owner an expired Coast Guard ID.

All of which might be interesting enough by itself to land him on Newser, but the guy also happens to be the brother of former Senator Scott Brown—or, as Brown called him in a statement today, his "estranged half-brother." Brown said he was not close with Browne and that he felt "badly for his children." For that matter, the TSA and Coast Guard are also disavowing any connection with Browne. Police are now investigating whether Browne was connected to several similar recent incidents.

In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill.
In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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