A Wilton man is accused of posing as the owner of the NHL Boston Bruins to get priority treatment for tree removal after a storm and to try to get out of a motor vehicle violation, according to police.
Police said 37-year-old Jeffrey Jacobs had contacted a tree company in February 2017 to remove a tree that had fallen on his house during a storm and he said he owned the Bruins to try and prioritize the company’s response to his house.
Then, he did not pay the bill so the tree company eventually sent the bill to the actual Boston Bruins, police said.
The security company for the team became suspicious because they have no connection to Wilton, police said, so the Bruins contacted police.
Officers then contacted Jacobs, told him to stop impersonating Bruins owners and warned him that charges could be filed, police said.
When a Wilton police officer stopped Jacobs in November 2017 for a motor vehicle violation, Jacobs again said he was part of the Bruins ownership to try to get leniency, police said.
The officer, however, was familiar with the previous incident and obtained a warrant charging Jacobs with criminal impersonation.
Jacobs was taken into custody on July 19 after a motor vehicle stop in Wappinger Falls, New York. A day later, he was transported to the Wilton police department.
He was released on a $5,000 bond and is due in court on July 30.
Jeremy M. Jacobs, the actual owner of the Boston Bruins and chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, has a variety of accolades to his name and is involved in a variety of organizations and charitable efforts.