MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – A Miramar Police Officer is faces criminal charges — accused of stealing two bottles of liquor.
Miramar Police said Antonio Hester, an 8-year veteran of the force, stole two bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label from a group of women that he was investigating for grand theft at a Walgreens store in May 2013.
Investigators say Hester lied about returning the booze to the women after they were cleared of wrongdoing and never placed the liquor into the evidence room at the Miramar Police Department.
According to the probable cause affidavit, “Officer Hester was captured on store surveillance leaving the manager’s office with the two bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label. When Officer Hester exited the store he is observed by (Walgreen’s Loss Prevention Officer) placing the items in the trunk of his patrol vehicle.”
The arrest report stated Hester wrote in his official report of the incident that “he returned the bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label back to (the women.)” However, “all three (women) advised that they never received the alcohol and were never again contacted by Officer Hester,” the affidavit said.
Hester faces a total of three charges, including petit theft, falsifying records and official misconduct. An employee at the Broward County Jail said Hester was released from the jail on bond on Thursday evening.
Miramar Police said Hester is on unpaid administrative leave while an administrative investigation into the incident moves forward.
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