A Houston police officer has been fired for stealing from Walmart more than a dozen times while on duty, authorities said.
Billy Allen Hammack, who served for the Katy Police Department, was charged Thursday with stealing from the store in uniform at least 14 times over a one-month period starting July 24, news station KHOU reported.
Police said he swiped more than $500 worth of items, including Hot Pockets and a ceiling fan, by not scanning them at the self-checkout line or swapping out price tags.
Security caught on to Hammack’s alleged scheme while reviewing surveillance footage of the officer pretending to scan items during an Aug. 15 visit, KHOU reported.
“The associates then contacted Katy Police Department, who launched an investigation,” police said.
Detectives reviewed credit card records and GPS data from Hammack’s patrol car to link him to 13 other incidents, the outlet reported.
Police said Hammack, who worked for the department for fewer than three years, was relieved of his duties as a result of the criminal investigation.
He faces a charge of theft by a public servant, which is considered a misdemeanor in the state, the outlet reported.
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