Report By: Nina Rai
Deer Park, Texas,
24 Feb, 2012
A stealth operation carried out by Deer Park police department resulted in catching red-handed one of their members, when surveillance cameras captured him repeatedly flicking co-workers’ food and drinks from the fridge in the police station’s break room.
The police officer Kevin Yang (pic) was charged with misdemeanor theft. He was also suspended for one month without pay. Speaking to KTRK-TV of Houston, local Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs informed that someone had been regularly stealing lunches and drinks.
He had taken away 60 pounds of deer sausage out of the break room fridge for about a year. This badly upset the police employees, which prompted the suburban Houston police chief to order a sting operation on the refrigerator. It finally ended in getting the culprit caught.
Police chief Griggs was quick to clarify that since the crime was a class C misdemeanor, the young officer’s conviction would not result in him losing his job. Officer Yang began a 30-day unpaid suspension on theft and misdemeanor charges, on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2012. He would be reinstated on March 22, 2012 after completing his 30-day suspension.
According to Griggs he authorized the video surveillance because the pilfering had been going for a year or so. He conceded that the stuff being stolen was of trivial value, yet the police chief said no matter what's stolen or where, theft is theft.
Further he said, "When you're not putting anything in and you're taking things out, it became clear to us he was taking things knowingly and against the law." Meanwhile the culprit Kevin Yang had a weird explanation for what he was doing. According to him he was merely taking it upon himself to keep the shared refrigerator clean.
"A lot of times we clean up the community refrigerator like once a week, everything take by Friday or certain date or everything gets thrown out, which we don't do here," explained Officer Yang.
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