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Milwaukee cop charged with stealing cash while investigating burglary

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee police officer is free on a signature bond, after he allegedly stole $200 from a store where he was investigating a burglary.

37-year-old Carl Howell is charged with misdemeanor theft and felony misconduct in public office.

Prosecutors said Howell responded to a burglary in late November at a Milwaukee convenience store. The owner showed the officer a drawer of cash that the burglar had by-passed.

A few minutes later, Howell allegedly went back to the drawer, put cash in his pocket, and walked out.

Officials said he was caught on the store’s surveillance video.

Prosecutors said Howell took the $200 because he was behind on his rent. He’s due back in court January 31st, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial. 

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