Man accused of impersonating officer, demanding free food found not guilty

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

A man who was accused of impersonating an Allegheny County police detective and demanding free food at a local McDonald's was found not guilty Monday.

Originally, Charles Jones was cited on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a public servant in August 2012. 

Investigators said Jones demanded free food from staff at a McDonald's restaurant on Route 50.

"He wanted them to believe he was a police officer and on duty so that he could get free food. Kind of ridiculous," said Sgt. Jeff Skees.

Jones told Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski that he’s a private security officer and that he’s never demanded free food.

Jones said that he would tease workers at the restaurant but never claimed to be an Allegheny County police detective.

"Do I look like I can't afford to buy my own hamburger?" Jones said to Kaminski.