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Suspected Shoplifter Arrested for Falsely Identifying as a Cop

Suspected Shoplifter Arrested for Falsely Identifying as a Cop

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by: TownHubAdmin Active Indicator LED Icon Site Admin  OP  New Member
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
Suspected Shoplifter Arrested for Falsely Identifying as a Cop
 
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For Immediate Release -11/21/2022
 
Do not Say You Are a Cop When You Shoplift
 
On 11/20/22 Loss Prevention Officer at the New Caney Walmart had a shoplifter detained, stating that he was a “cop”. A Pct. 4 Constable’s Office Sergeant, working the SafeShopper program responded to investigate.
 
The Loss Prevention Officer stated the suspect, identified as Alan Benitez, 30 years of age from Conroe, TX, was “skip-scanning” at one of the self-checkout lanes, then attempted to leave the store without paying for some of the items. “Skip-scanning” is when a customer deliberately decides not to scan an item but still puts it in their checkout bag. The Loss Prevention Officer noted when they stopped Benitez, he said, “It’s ok, I’m a cop” and showed a badge”. Benitez still complied and went into the Loss Prevention Office without an incident.
 
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office accepted the class B misdemeanor charge of False ID as a Police Officer. Benitez was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and received bail for $500 and a citation for Theft.
 
The SafeShopper program is funded by the East Montgomery County Improvement District, allowing deputies to work overtime, patrolling the commercial shopping areas in and around East Montgomery County.
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WTF Active Indicator LED Icon 9
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
$500 bail. SMH
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Texasdad Active Indicator LED Icon 5
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
good caught.
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FlyGuy65 Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
Well I'm usually cynical and sarcastic regarding pct. 4, so kudos to them for actually picking up the shoplifter and bringing him in!
 
Secondly, what was the shoplifter thinking? It's ok to shoplift if your a policeman? And kudos to the Walmart guy for not being intimidated or fooled by the badge!
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jwardl Active Indicator LED Icon 2 Forum Moderator
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
Well I'm usually cynical and sarcastic regarding pct. 4, so kudos to them for actually picking up the shoplifter and bringing him in! Secondly, what was the shoplifter thinking? It's ok to shoplift if your a policeman? And kudos to the Walmart guy for not being intimidated or fooled by the badge!
 
@FlyGuy65 : He clearly didn't think through that attempted defense... like theft by cop would be no problem. Duh.
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Suspected Shoplifter Arrested for Falsely Identifying as a Cop For Immediate Release -11/21/2022 Do not Say You Are a Cop When You Shoplift On 11/20/22 Loss Prevention Officer at the New Caney Walmart had a shoplifter detained, stating that he was a "cop". A Pct. 4 Constable's Office Sergeant, working the SafeShopper program responded to investigate. The Loss Prevention Officer stated the suspect, identified as Alan Benitez, 30 years of age from Conroe, TX, was "skip-scanning" at one of the self-checkout lanes, then attempted to leave the store without paying for some of the items. "Skip-scanning" is when a customer deliberately decides not to scan an item but still puts it in their checkout bag. The Loss Prevention Officer noted when they stopped Benitez, he said, "It's ok, I'm a cop" and showed a badge". Benitez still complied and went into the Loss Prevention Office without an incident. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office accepted the class B misdemeanor charge of False ID as a Police Officer. Benitez was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and received bail for $500 and a citation for Theft. The SafeShopper program is funded by the East Montgomery County Improvement District, allowing deputies to work overtime, patrolling the commercial shopping areas in and around East Montgomery County.
 
@TownHubAdmin : Wow that sounds like a great program!
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Kemibe Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
They charged him for impersonating a police officer but what about attempted theft charges too? Glad he got caught but who knows how long he's been doing this.. $500 bail is a slap on the wrist IMO. These people need to be scared straight but it seems to easy to get out on a low bond these days. I smell repeat offenders everywhere that are out on bond, some for murder, abuse and drug charges. SMH!
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LittleTexas Active Indicator LED Icon 3
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
@TownHubAdmin : Do not say you are a Cop UNLESS you are...Any time. People like this drive me bonkers.!!! Grrrrrr....
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1836 Active Indicator LED Icon 5
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$500 bail. SMH

@WTF :
 
Glad he got caught but who knows how long he's been doing this.. $500 bail is a slap on the wrist IMO.

@Kemibe :
 
False ID as a Police Officer is a class B misdemeanor, with a maximum punishment of a fine not to exceed $2000 and/or up to 180 days in jail. $500 seems like a perfectly reasonable bond amount.
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Kemibe Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 week, 6 days ago    
@1836 : Maybe for that offense alone but he'll probably end up getting caught again (hopefully he's learned a lesson) but we shall see. Repeat offenders out on bond seems to be a new trend. I was just curious if he got another charge for attempting theft or do they have to leave the store with the stolen items to be charged for that too. Anyway, there's much worse criminals out on low bond these days. It's on the news daily (repeat offenders, arrested again, etc.)
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