FRONT ROYAL — A Front Royal man is accused of impersonating a police officer to get discounts on meals at a local restaurant.
Christopher Sean Beverlin, 48, of 1192 Rawley Ridge Drive, faces five counts of impersonating an officer and four counts of making a false statement to gain a service costing less than $1,000.
According to a criminal complaint, Beverlin allegedly first paid $12 for a $16.50 meal at Anthony’s Pizza on South Royal Avenue on Dec. 18. On Aug. 13, he paid $12 for a $21.50 meal. On Aug. 16, he paid $12 for a $20.50 meal.
On Sept. 7, the complaint states he allegedly attempted to obtain a police discount, and the manager requested Beverlin’s badge number. Beverlin paid full price and left, the complaint states.
Video footage and information from the manager produced a vehicle registration number so that police were able to identify Beverlin, the complaint states. When a Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with Beverlin, the complaint states he produced a replica of a Virginia State Police badge.
The complaint states that Beverlin identified himself as a reserve trooper, but later admitted to not being a law enforcement officer and using the badge for discounts.
Beverlin stated he was wrong, the complaint states, and told a magistrate he was embarrassed and regretful.
A manager at the restaurant stated officers receive discounts out of the “kindness of our hearts” for everything they do.
The manager stated that officers are typically given the discount without being aware of it, but Beverlin allegedly demanded it and told employees he recently transferred from Culpeper.
The manager added that State Police had no record of Beverlin when the restaurant inquired on his claims.
Beverlin is released from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on $1,000 bond and is due in Warren County General District Court on Oct. 6.