TPD detective caught on camera allegedly taking money - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

TPD detective caught on camera allegedly taking money

Posted: Updated:

A Toledo police detective is caught on camera allegedly stealing money from his fellow officers. The detective was given a written reprimand and reassigned.  Sources say money was taken over a period of several months. Many officers who declined to talk to me on camera say they don't like the way this situation was handled and say the punishment doesn't fit the alleged crime.

"If he's done it once I'm sure he's probably going to do it again would you think," said tax payer Ron Vernoski. 

TPD has removed Detective Michael Schroeder from its investigative bureau for allegedly taking money.  Sources in the department say detectives noticed money missing from their desks and other areas of the building like the employee snack area.

Documents obtained by 13abc state during the month of September "money was missing from the third floor employee kitchen." The department heads were so concerned that they set up a camera and put money in the employee honor system snack jar. You can see detective mike Schroeder grab the money jar and turn his back. You can't see what he's doing with the jar, but seconds later he puts the jar back and it appears he turns it to make sure it's in the right position.    

According to this document Detective Mike Schroeder was confronted about the money.
"He confirmed he borrowed 23 dollars from the container and intended to pay it back on payday" according to police documents.

The police department gave him a written reprimand saying Detective Schroeder's conduct was unbecoming of an officer and he "acted in a way that was inconsistent of what is expected of an officer."    

Tax payers question the officers punishment.

"There are rules for everybody so you have to go by the rules some kind of punishment should be given to him," said tax payer Ron Vernoski. 

"If it was me I would get charged to go to court and pay all these costs and stuff like that and possibly lose my job. I'm not necessarily saying he should lose his job but some kind of harsher action should be taken away from him maybe 30 day suspension," said tax payer Rodney Whitlow.

"He could asked me I would have gave lent him 23 bucks. You know that's petty theft," said tax payer Ronald Roth.

Detective Schroeder was not charged criminally. His superiors first decided to put him back on the streets in the Scott Park area. 13abc questioned why the department would put the officer on the streets. Tuesday we were told Detective Schroeder would not work the streets and would be placed in the departments records section.

"That just shows his mind set," said Whitlow.

"If he take it from the office 23 bucks from the office  he'd take 100 bucks from a drug dealer," said Roth. 

Documents state the detective repaid the 23 dollars. Union leaders declined to comment on our story.
     

  • LocalMore>>

  • Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:48 GMT
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Olive Garden restaurants honor first responders with free lunch

    Olive Garden restaurants honor first responders with free lunch

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:13:04 GMT
    Workers at Olive Garden have developed an amazing relationship with the people who keep us safe. So they decided to honor police and fire with a free lunch.
    Workers at Olive Garden have developed an amazing relationship with the people who keep us safe. So they decided to honor police and fire with a free lunch.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:44:51 GMT
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
  • Dollar General upping its bid for Family Dollar

    Dollar General upping its bid for Family Dollar

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:53:52 GMT
    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it will...
    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it will...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!