County police officer charged with shoplifting baseball cards

March 28, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

County police arrested one of their own officers yesterday on charges of shoplifting baseball cards from the Glen Burnie Wal-Mart while he was on duty and in uniform.

Officer David Heline, 32, was charged with theft and released on his own recognizance. The 11-year veteran, who works in the Western District, was suspended with pay and placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the case, police said.

Administrative charges also are pending against him.

Management at the store in the 7900 block of S. Crain Highway told police March 4 they were suspicious that a uniformed officer had been shoplifting.

Eastern District supervisors and security guards set up a plan to watch the officer at the store.

Police and security guards watched an officer enter the store about 7 a.m. yesterday and put some items in a shopping basket while placing others under his uniform sweater, police said. The officer paid for the items in the basket and tried to walk out, but a police supervisor stopped him and found 10 packs of baseball cards under his sweater, said Lt. Kenneth Schlein, an Eastern District shift commander.

The cards were valued at $27.70, police said.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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