Police detective seen on video stealing man’s money at 7-ElevenBy Mason White 12:00 PM October 7, 2014
|Michael Reddy taking an envelope|
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A Police detective is being investigated after he was seen on video stealing a man’s money at 7-Eleven.
The incident began when a man named Robert Simpson of Pennsylvania, accidentally left an envelope containing $220 on the 7-Eleven counter in Pittsburgh.
As Simpson walked away, detective Michael Reddy walked up to the counter, took the envelope, looked inside and shoved it into his pocket without saying anything to his partner or to the store employee.
Soon after, Simpson came back into the store and asked if anyone has seen his white envelope. Detective Reddy, a 14 year veteran who was still at the store, did not say anything. He kept the money and left the store.
Only after Reddy got to the precinct after his shift and was questioned by his supervisor over the money, did he return the envelope.
Now, the victim is angry after a judge has dismissed the theft charges against the officer.
The judge ruled that if Reddy would have been an ordinary citizen, then a theft charge would stick. However, the judge said that prosecutors were not able to prove that the officer intended to keep the money.
Detective Reddy remains on administrative leave pending “further internal review,” Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.