Police charged with stealing snacks

Sunday, September 16, 2007

ROBELINE, La. -- This village's only convenience store decided to do something nice for its police officers: give them a free fountain drink or coffee at closing time.

But somewhere along the way, investigators say, it got out of control. Now, all three of the village's officers are accused of stealing snacks.

"Over a period of time, it evolved into regular drinks and more," Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's investigator Travis Trammell said. "There's no telling how it got to this point, but the store started experiencing losses, and they watch their videotapes and see all of this going on."

Surveillance tapes showed each officer going into the Shop-A-Lott at Lott Oil around closing time and filling plastic bags with dozens of bottled soft drinks, Trammell said. The officers also are reportedly seen eating an assortment of other snacks without paying.

Police chief Gordon O'Con confirmed that the officers remain on active duty.

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