A Texas cop is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing more than $2000 from a dying man following an emergency call for help.
According to Texas City police, officer Linnard Crouch has been charged with theft stemming from a December incident in which a 74-year-old motorist dialed 911 for assistance.
Family said Crouch’s body-cam captured him stealing over $2000 from James Mabe, who would latter die. The money they said, had been given to him to purchase Christmas gifts.
Following the incident, the family filed a complaint with the Texas City Police Department and an internal affairs investigation was launched that ultimately resulted in the theft charge this week.
“After opening James’ locked truck door, officer Crouch then reached into James’ right front pocket and removed James’ $2,400 in Christmas present money and other money,” a lawsuit filed on behalf of Mabe’s widow states.
The suit, filed against Crouch and Texas City also alleges that “Crouch never reported the $2,400 and other money instead gave back less than $300.”
The pages of Police State Daily are littered with stories of cops stealing from suspects and evidence rooms. It is not an uncommon occurrence.
In one similar story involving money that was also designated for Christmas gifts, an Ohio cop was convicted of grand theft for stealing upwards of $26,000 from a joint law enforcement agency fundraiser meant for disadvantaged children.
Crouch, who resigned from the force earlier this year also faces a possession of a controlled substance charge, according to police. His case has now been referred to the Galveston County grand jury.
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