US cop suspended, charged after raiding refrigerator

Texas:  A sting operation by a suburban Houston police department netted one of their own when surveillance cameras caught him repeatedly stealing colleagues' food and drinks from the refrigerator in the station's break room.

Deer Park police Officer Kevin Yang was charged with misdemeanour theft and suspended for 30 days without pay. Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs tells KTRK-TV (http://bit.ly/w3B4KP) of Houston that a class C misdemeanour conviction would not keep Yang from returning to duty.

Mr Griggs says that he authorized the video sting because the thefts had been going on for too long. Even though the items being stolen may be of trivial value, he says theft is theft.

Kevin Yang tells KTRK that he was merely taking it upon himself to keep the shared refrigerator clean.

Story First Published: February 24, 2012 12:33 IST

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