DALLAS (CBSDFW) – A Dallas police officer is charged with theft, after strolling out of a Walmart with greater than $800 value of groceries.
Based on a police report, Officer Christopher Hankins, 30, was sporting his Dallas Police Division windbreaker, his badge, and his 9mm division issued gun, when he was stopped by police outdoors the shop in Cross Roads, Texas, a number of miles east of Denton shortly after 1:30am on Wednesday.
An officer with the Northeast Police Division, who was waved down by a retailer supervisor, says he approached Hankins within the parking zone and requested for a receipt.
“Hankins started patting his pockets and searching on the automotive… then said he didn’t have one,” the officer wrote in his report.
Hankins claimed he had been ready for his 19-yr-previous girlfriend close to the shop’s entrance, when he appeared outdoors to see if she was within the automotive and observed his car lacking.
Hankins advised police he left the shop “in a panic” whereas nonetheless pushing the cart of groceries to search for his automotive.
Two officers on the scene described “a robust odor of an alcoholic beverage on Hankins’ breath.” They discovered his automotive within the parking zone “within the common path he had been continuing.”
Contained in the automotive, officers say they might see “two partially consumed drinks that also had ice in them, each of which seemed to be an alcoholic beverage.”
Staff informed police Hankins had spent 2-three hours inside the shop and was appearing suspicious.
They claimed, after filling up his cart, Hankins walked to the produce space and sat on a produce cooler for a minimum of 20 minutes, showing to go to sleep at occasions. When staff standing close to the door walked away, they are saying, Hankins stood up and commenced pushing the cart out of the exit doorways.
“They state at no time did he look like upset of in any sort of misery as he claimed and that he ‘strolled’ out of the shop with the cart filled with unpaid merchandise,” an officer wrote in his report.
In line with the police report, his cart contained 169 gadgets, value $826.ninety earlier than tax.
Police say they might not find Hankins’ girlfriend however that retailer employees did report seeing a lady matching the outline he offered.
“She was stated to have left a big cart of things behind earlier than disappearing,” wrote an officer.
Hankins was booked into the Denton County jail. Northeast Police says it seized his windbreaker, badge, and gun on the request of a Dallas Police supervisor.
The Dallas Police Division says it has positioned Officer Hankins on administrative depart pending its personal inner affairs investigation into the matter.