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Miami-Dade police sergeant sentenced to community service for stealing county gas

Sgt. Emil Van Lugo also sentenced to 3 years probation

MIAMI – Miami-Dade police Sgt. Emil Van Lugo was sentenced Tuesday to 100 hours of community service and three years of probation for stealing county gasoline to fill up his wife's BMW.

Van Lugo was convicted of organized fraud and petty theft in September, following his May 16, 2015, arrest.

According to authorities, surveillance video from a county refueling station at 7900 SW 107th Ave. and home surveillance cameras showed Lugo filling up gas cans and then refueling his wife's car at his home.

Miami-Dade police and the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office began investigating Van Lugo after they said computer records tracing the amount of fuel consumed appeared to exceed the miles driven by his police-issued vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, Van Lugo had been with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 16 years.

Van Lugo's current status with the Police Department was not immediately known Tuesday.