DEER PARK (February 24, 2012)—An officer was snared in a sting that police in Deer Park set up to catch a break room thief.
Surveillance cameras caught the officer repeatedly stealing colleagues' food and drinks from the refrigerator in the police station's break room.
Deer Park police Officer Kevin Yang was charged with misdemeanor theft and suspended for 30 days without pay.
Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs told KTRK-TV that a class C misdemeanor conviction would not keep Yang from returning to duty.
Griggs says he authorized the video sting because the thefts have been going on for too long.
Even though the stolen items may have been of little actual value, Griggs said theft is theft.
Yang told KTRK that he was merely taking it upon himself to keep the shared refrigerator clean.