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TPD detective caught on camera allegedly taking money

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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.
     

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