Officer arrested in jewelry store theft
Police officer accused of stealing while investigating robbery
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla – Pembroke Pines police arrested one of their own officers, after surveillance video captured him stealing a watch, as he investigated a crime at a jewelry store Wednesday.
Nine-year-veteran Kevin Burgs was at Jared's The Galleria Of Jewelry, 11077 Pines Boulevard, after two suspects took thousands in merchandise from the store Wednesday. Glass was shattered, the watches were at reach.
Surveillance video caught Burgs, as he took a watch valued at nearly $800, police said. He was charged with grand theft and arrested. Early Thursday morning, he posted a $1,000 bond and walked out of jail.
Pembroke Pines Police spokesman Carlos Bermudez issued a statement:
"Trust is vital to our partnership with the community. It is important to note that we held this officer accountable for his actions and charged him appropriately... This one act is not representative of the rest of our department."
Bermudez said the department suspended Burgs with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Meanwhile, police are still looking for the two people who used a pickax to smash display cases and access $75,000 in diamonds and other jewels Wednesday.
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