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Police sergeant arrested after being caught shoplifting (video)

By Mason White 10:58 AM August 28, 2014
Phoenix Police press conference illustration 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A police sergeant who was arrested on charges of shoplifting, resigned from his post this week, police in Arizona said.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Mike Gurry resigned on Tuesday afternoon, after Hobby Lobby employees allegedly caught him stealing from their store.

Because he resigned and was not fired he is still eligible to collect his pension. Gurry is a 29-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.

Gurry was not booked into jail. Instead, he was cited and released. In April, a police officer was arrested and charged with theft related charges after he was caught stealing from a suicide victim, according to police reports in Alabama.

The Montgomery police officer, who was on the force for 26 years, is accused of theft after a fellow police officer saw him taking money from the suicide victim’s personal belongings being held by the Department.

The officer, Stanley Wilson, 48, is accused of pocketing $20 from the victim’s personal belongings. The theft can cost the officer his job in the Criminal Investigation Division. He has been with Montgomery Police Department since 1987.

After being charged with third-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor, Wilson was transferred to the prison in the city of Montgomery. Police Chief Kevin J. Murphy immediately initiated termination proceedings and placed him on leave.

“We hold our officers to the highest standards,” Murphy said. “That’s what the public expects and deserves. Theft of any amount is unacceptable and intolerable in our ranks,” he added.

Murphy also said that the actions of the police officer who reported the observed theft, are consistent with the character and expectations of the Montgomery Police Department.