Posted on 23rd Feb 2012 @ 12:05 PM
In Houston, Texas, a few police officers decided to take their investigation into the next level of covert monitoring when they noticed that food was continuing to disappear from their office’s shared refrigerator. As a result of the implementation of this small scale hidden camera investigation, police were able to nab the culprit responsible: one of their very own colleagues. Now, the guilty police officer is facing petty theft charges and will be appearing in court sometime very soon.
Officer Kevin Yang, who operates at the police station in Deer Park, Texas, was caught on camera stealing food and drinks from the office’s shared refrigerator. The investigation began after several complaints about the theft of lunches, drinks and approximately 60 pounds of deer sausage began to pile up on the desk of Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs. Chief Griggs started to get a little frustrated with the situation and decided that it was time to act upon it. He gave his approval for an in-office sting operation. The operation was simple and small, and only involved installing a single hidden camera and recorder in a position where it could not be seen and could easily capture someone going in and out of the fridge. Also, officers planted bait for the thief, filling the fridge with lunch sandwiches and unopened drinks. They made sure to mark all of the food with the initials of another member of the police department.
According to the official police statement, the video caught Yang stealing one of the marked unopened beverages from the fridge on November 19th. The police took the liberty of releasing the video to the general public for all to see. As mentioned before, the beverages were clearly marked with the initials of another member of the police department, so there is no way Yang simply thought the drink was for anyone who wanted it. When investigators confronted him about the incident and presented him with the crystal clear evidence, Yang denied that he was stealing and said he was merely cleaning out the fridge.
Police added more incidents to their report. The hidden camera caught Yang as he stole a sandwich on Nov. 22. Once again, the sandwich bag was marked with the initials of a detective on the force. The camera again caught Yang stealing a drink on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. On both of these occasions, the drinks were clearly marked with the initials of someone else.
Chief Griggs, when asked about the investigation, said the following in his official statement: “The same officer was taking the items each time,” Griggs said. “Nobody else was taking it during that three week period.”
Theft on this scale is a misdemeanor. In addition to the misdemeanor charge of theft, Yang was hit with a 30-day unpaid suspension that began on Tuesday and could cost him as much as $4,500 in lost wages. He will be able to return to work as an officer because the charge is below a class B offense.