Sebastian Man Charged with Impersonating a Police Officer

Wesley David Richards
Wesley David Richards

According to the arrest affidavit, a 30-year-old man was charged with impersonating a police officer after trying to gain entry into a home.

On Thursday, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a woman said a man, later identified as Wesley David Richards, was knocking at her door. The woman refused to let him in because she didn’t know him.

“At this time Richards stated to [the victim] that he was Sebastian Police Department,” according to the police report.

The victim then asked which officer, and Richards gave her the name of someone he knows who works for the Sebastian Police Department.

The woman answered the door, believing the person was the police officer. She then notified the police when she realized Richards wasn’t law enforcement.

Police then spoke with Richards.

“He stated that all he did was say he was the Sebastian Police Department so he could gain entry into the residence,” police said.

When asked why he impersonated a police officer by giving his name, Richards stated he knew him.

Richards was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, where his bond was set at $2,000.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.