Police sergeant fired after alleged theft from pawn shop

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 6:44pm
Staff reports

Metro police have fired one of their sergeants following the allegation that he stole an iPod from a Robertson County pawnshop on Oct. 21.

The department fired the 14-year veteran, Sgt. Don Long, Tuesday evening after holding a disciplinary hearing regarding the theft, which allegedly occurred while he was off duty.

Long, 36, was promoted to sergeant in October 2010 and was assigned to the East Precinct’s midnight shift.

Pawnshop staff reported the shoplifting matter to the Metro police department on Oct. 27. Long was decommissioned the same day.

12 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 12/21/11 at 11:40

Let's see; the "alleged" theft occurred Oct 21 but was not reported until Oct 27. Six days to find an item missing? Did a camera show the thief in action, or was it just an "allegation"?

By: Kosh III on 12/22/11 at 7:14

Will he be prosecuted? Don't hold your breath.

By: TITAN1 on 12/22/11 at 8:31

Prosecuted? Do we know for sure he is guilty?

By: Left-of-Local on 12/22/11 at 9:02

One less crooked cop in service. Countless more to go.

By: 1kenthomas on 12/22/11 at 10:30

Awfully short on details, or any evidence of investigation, for an article which is lede-ing in the daily email. I assume that the disciplinary hearing had some actual evidence before them. On the other hand, most employers have the good sense to wait for the outcome of any pending criminal proceedings.

By: yogiman on 12/22/11 at 11:13

Our society seems to have gotten to the stage you're guilty until you prove yourself innocent when you're accused of a crime. If the officer was not proven to be guilty, should he be fired simply because of an allegation?

Not by the old American standards.

By: TITAN1 on 12/22/11 at 11:35

Agreed, yogiman. Anyone can be accused of anything, but that doesn't mean it is true. He may be guilty, but if he was caught red handed they should say so.

By: Ask01 on 12/22/11 at 12:16

I am left with the suspicion although enough evidence was available charges could have been brought, Metro police may have decided to just dismiss him based on the video evidence and avoid the embarassment of arrest and trial for the city.

I understood from another website, the pawn shop owner declined to press charges, but with this case all over the news, MNPD could hardly allow one of Metro's Finest to stay on the beat after with everyone knowing what had happened.

This is, I admit, pure speculation, and I could be proven to be in error.

This has not been a good year for law enforcement all over the country.

By: whatsit2u on 12/22/11 at 12:29

On a news video I saw this morning, he appeared to pick up the ipod from the counter and put it in his pocket. That's evidence hard to dispute.

By: yogiman on 12/22/11 at 12:46

No arguing the question, whatsit2u. I presumed the pawn shop had a camera, but the way it was put to the public raised the question.

Makes you think: If that guy was an officer with 14 years experience, didn't he have enough intelligence to think a pawn shop would have a camera in their shop? And he was promoted to Sgt?

By: TOPDOG... on 12/22/11 at 8:59

What irony..usually it is the citizens who are presumed guilty until proven innocent ...I thought it only applied to citizans. would reverse hypocrisy apply ? or ; what ever happened to,"innocent until proven guilty?

By: Left-of-Local on 12/23/11 at 9:21

Not guilty till proven innocent, but more like I think cops are 90% crooked at least to some extent (like they'd at least run a stop sign). Thus, always happy to see one nailed.