Police officer found guilty of theft after stealing a bag of popcornBy Mason White 2:35 PM October 12, 2014
|Sergeant Eric Whitman with the stolen goods|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A long serving police officer was arrested, charged and convicted of theft.
Sergeant Eric Whitman was seen on surveillance video stealing a bag of popcorn from a Circle K gas station in Wheeling, Oregon.
The 52-year-old officer, who is a 24-year veteran of the Toledo Police Department, was suspended without pay after he was caught stealing a bag of popcorn at the value of $1.49.
On Thursday, Whitman was convicted for the theft and was sentenced to 180 days in prison, all of which has been suspended. He is now serving six months probation.
Surveillance video shows Sgt. Whitman paying for one bag of popcorn at the cash register and then walk out the store with two bags.
Police said that this was not the first time that Whitman has been caught on camera stealing an extra bag of popcorn.
Whitman pleaded no contest, but was found guilty.