Texas Cop Caught On Video Taking Drink From Fridge Has Theft Charges Dropped

texas cop office thiefIt ranks up there with the first paycheck as the moment when you know your professional life has really begun -- having your lunch stolen from the office fridge. So when your "do not touch" signs are ignored, and last night's leftovers are missing, what can you really do?

The answer for one Houston-area police station suffering from a case of refrigerator robbery was to set up a sting operation. On Feb. 22, the Deer Park Police Department charged patrol officer Kevin Yang after reportedly catching him on video in the act, stealing a Monster Energy Drink from the station's communal refrigerator.

For a year, officers' food and drinks -- including 60 pounds of deer sausage -- went missing from the station's breakroom. Fed up, Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs finally stocked the fridge with Monster Energy drinks and set up surveillance cameras. The thief, Griggs said, turned out to be Yang, a patrol officer for three years. Griggs said that tape showed him taking a Monster Energy drink labeled with a detective's initials, as well as a sandwich and other drinks.

Called in for questioning by police, Yang claimed that he was helping clean out the fridge. "A lot of times we clean up the community refrigerator like once a week," he said, according to KTRK-TV. "We take out everything by Friday or certain date or everything gets thrown out, which we don't do here." He also was reportedly caught taking more energy drinks and a sandwich. The officer was subsequently charged with misdemeanor theft charges, and Griggs put the officer on a 30-day suspension, without pay.

But the surveillance operation was riddled with potential legal problems. So on Thursday, the city dropped all charges against Yang on the condition that he promise not to sue the city. Yang is back on duty. In total, he lost $4,500 during the suspension but he has agreed not to challenge the loss of salary. "I think it will be a long time before we have anything missing out of the Deer Park refrigerator," Police Chief Griggs reportedly said.

Avoiding Office Fridge Smells And Dirt

Of course, theft is not the only potential source of friction when it comes to the communal refrigerator. Recently, on the Today Show, an editor from Woman's Day made these recommendations:

  • Treat the fridge as a shared space. This is not your house, so make sure everything is covered to control odors
  • Take milk off the fridge door. Everything is most fresh when it's on the trays in the fridge.
  • Use stainless steel boxes to hold leftovers. Cartons and plastic containers can leak, and create odors.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.





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jleavitt84

Why not just call it payment for his service? Cops do a lot for us and they do the best they can. Sometimes they don't get paid very well so why not just tell him the drink was on the house?

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April 09 2014 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laurey Williams

I haven't heard this story before! How long ago did this happen? Who was the one who officially caught him? omahacoinbuyer.com

March 26 2014 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SEA JAY

All that had to be done, in this situation, was, to put up a sign stating: "this area under surveillance, due to thefts". Okay, the guy is a thief but hes' a thief w/ a gun. If you corner the wrong person, who has a gun, you know what could have resulted. A lot of people could've gotten shot, hurt or killed, over a couple drinks or some sandwiches. Then how would that make everybody feel.? Like they solved the crime of the century, I'll bet.? NOT.! Comment as you see fit...

May 06 2012 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rob

That is, I'm sure, the rationale of most cowards.

May 19 2012 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

I had someone drinking my bottles of apple juice. I took all of them out of the fridge except one. That one I very carefully removed the twist off cap; drank some and urinated in the bottle. I very carefully twisted the lid back on and put it back in the fridge. You guessed – someone drank it but never touched my apple juice again.

May 03 2012 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Thomas

When I was in the military, I would grab fruits and snacks and throw them in the fridge. Things started disappearing almost everyday and we couldn't figure out who it was. It was then I decided to use a hypodermic and inject some oranges with Tabasco sauce.

Sure enough, around 10am we heard screaming coming from the break area as our full-bird colonel commander came running out of the room cussing up a storm! Never had anything else disappear after that!

April 16 2012 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stan Hunt

I label drinks ,put "urine sample" on it.or for food :"stool Specimen"people will leave it alone.

April 04 2012 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whad Up Girl!

We had someone stealing our lunches so we made ExLax brownies. That person nearly **** on themselves later that day. We laughed our asses off each time we saw him walk by.

He saw us laughing but had no idea why!

April 04 2012 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luke

All charges dropped......................Boy that caught me by surprise...............

April 03 2012 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
STAN THE MAN

Any thing they could get for free, there are all cheap and looking for freebies and handouts.

April 03 2012 at 9:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Stan Hunt

sorry but your not stan the man.thats stan musual, cardinal great! plus I was named after him!

April 04 2012 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
no7mk1

....and another cop gets away with a crime.....WTF!!!!

April 03 2012 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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