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Shoplifting cop: Desperate attempt for special treatment followed theft

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A shoplifting cop from New Jersey reportedly stole $267.38 worth of weapons accessories in Pennsylvania's Cabela's sporting goods store. State trooper William Carvounis, 35, made a desperate attempt for special treatment by claiming to be a member of Gov. Chris Christie's security detail. He told a Pennsylvania police officer that if he was arrested, it could cost him his job, ABC News reported Feb. 3.

Carvounis, of Brunswick, N.J. stole several items from Cabela's on Jan. 8...they included handgun grips, a pistol magazine and a hat, and a binocular strap. The shoplifting cop paid for a few of the items, but did not pay for the concealed merchandise that added up to be over $267.

While Carvounis paid for some items at checkout, he allegedly did not pay for the concealed items, which were worth $267.38.

Tilden Township Chief William McEllroy said Carvounis kept asking for breaks.

"It was, more or less, 'Look, I've got a good job, I'm on the governor's security detail, I don't want to lose my job,' along those lines," McEllroy said.

McEllroy said it was "more or less one cop asking another cop for a break multiple times" and had nothing to do with being a part of Gov. Christie's detail. The police department forbids special treatment.

The shoplifting cop has an attorney -- Charles Sciarra. He claims his client denied he requested special treatment and did not steal the items from Cabela's that he is accused of.

Sciarra said that the "police report and the criminal complaint don't mention the trooper asking for a break."

Sciarra further added about Carvounis.."And quite frankly, we see no connection between what's occurred in the store in Pennsylvania and his duties for the New Jersey State Police."

For now Carvounis has been suspended from his job during the investigation. He has been charged with two counts of retail theft -- with one of them a first-degree misdemeanor that can mean up to five years in prison and the other described as a summary offense...which amounts to the charge being about as serious as a traffic ticket, the report explained.

The cop was free on bond Monday. He has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The charges will be eliminated at trial "or through a plea in Berks County Common Pleas Court."

It is does not make society feel too confident at times in law enforcement when news of a shoplifting cop makes news. As with any profession out there, there will some individuals who taint the image of it..guilty or not. It will be interesting to see how this case works out.



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