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Published: Friday, 10/25/2013

Detective reassigned for taking snack cash

BY TAYLOR DUNGJEN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

A Toledo police detective has been “reassigned” for taking cash from an employee snack bar.

Michael Schroeder, who was hired in December, 2002, is moving to the records bureau as an officer, said police Sgt. Joe Heffernan.

Officer Schroeder, who was a property detective, was moved from the investigative services unit on Oct. 16.

Sergeant Heffernan said the officer took $23 from the employee snack area, which is stocked and run by employees and not the department.

He was written up for conduct unbecoming an officer.

In September, department employees noticed money appeared to be missing from the collection bucket — the snack areas are run on the honor system. On Sept. 26, the employees set up a camera, the sergeant said.

About two weeks later, on Oct. 11, the employees noticed money appeared to be missing and tape was pulled from the camera.

On the recording, Sergeant Heffernan said Officer Schroeder was seen “taking down the money container and then putting it back up.”

When confronted, the officer said he “borrowed” $23 which he intended to pay back on pay day.

Sergeant Heffernan said the money was paid back.

Contact Taylor Dungjen at tdungjen@theblade.com, or 419-724-6054, or on Twitter @taylordungjen.



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