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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Westport Detective’s Case Continued Until Jan. 9

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Walter Broadhurst: charges detailed. WN file photo
Westport Detective Walter Broadhurst appeared in Norwalk Superior Court today on charges that included petty theft and evidence tampering. His case was continued until Jan. 9.

An arrest warrant for Broadhurst, 37, of Shelton presented to the court detailed how he was caught by a video camera taking $20 from the purse of fellow detective Jill Ruggerio.

The camera had been set after Ruggerio reported a theft from her purse earlier, court documents said. The camera caught Broadhurst walking over to Ruggerio’s desk, bending down, straightening up and putting something in his pocket.

Later, the bill was discovered in the trash in a police department men’s room where Broadhurst had gone while being questioned by superiors, the warrant said.

During the questioning, it was discovered that Broadhurst was in possession of an unauthorized key to the police property room where $17,000 in cash and a quantity of drugs was discovered missing in July, the warrant said.

Broadhurst has also been charged in connection with second-degree criminal trespass for entering a Westport home on Nov. 6 no official reason for doing so.

An additional forgery charge stemmed from allegedly giving false reasons for his presence there in an official department report.

In a separate investigation, Broadhurst was arrested and charged with fifth-degree larceny. 

Police determined that Broadhurst, while investigating a burglary at a Westport residence in October, had stolen additional property from the home.

Broadhurst, who has been suspended without pay, joined the department in 1999 and was promoted to detective in 2004. He is free on bond.

Broadhurst appeared in court with his attorney William Pelletreau.

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