Suspended officer charged with theft

January 30, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

An Eastern District officer who had been suspected of wrongdoing has been charged with stealing $50 during a sting operation orchestrated by the department's internal investigators, city police reported.

Officer Deano S. Morgan, 28, was charged Thursday afternoon RTC with theft under $300 and released on his own recognizance, said Doug Price, a police spokesman.

A trial date has been set for March 3.

Officer Morgan and another Eastern District officer were acquitted last February of charges that they stole money from a group of men involved in an illegal craps game.

Mr. Price said Officer Morgan, a five-year veteran, has been suspended from duty with pay pending adjudication of the criminal charge. His service revolver and other police equipment were seized, he said.

The sting operation was set up by members of the Internal Investigation Division because of "suspicion" that Officer Morgan for sometime had been "appropriating portions of money seized in connection with his police duties," Mr. Price said.

On Thursday afternoon, undercover investigators set up the sting and told Officer Morgan that a drug raid had taken place in the 1900 block of N. Collington Ave.

Officer Morgan was given instructions to check a car that was supposed to have been used by drug dealers. Investigators left $1,840 in marked money in the car, staked out the vehicle and watched as the officer placed "what appeared to be a portion of the money in his pocket," Mr. Price said.

The spokesman said Officer Morgan returned to the Eastern District where he "failed to submit the entire amount [of money placed in the vehicle] and the balance was found in his possession."

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