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Houston Police Officer Rips Off Motorists

It's not the first time we've heard about police officers turning into criminals, especially if we think at the events which happened in May last year. Then, a police department in Tenaha, near the Texas-Louisiana state line, had to settle a lawsuit caused by officers who stole money from motorists.

Apparently, such a behavior is a bit more common in Texas than in any other state. This time, such a story revolves around a policeman from Houston, Texas, who allegedly stole money from the motorists he pulled over.

The officer, 24-year old Matthias Dornellian, has been caught after a sting set up by his colleagues. An undercover officer, who acted as if drunk, got behind the wheel of a car and went out looking for trouble and Dornellian.

He found Dornellian, who, as would any self respecting officer have done, pulled the undercover officer over. While looking through his papers, Dornellian grabbed the $273 in the driver's wallet. He didn't manage to live out his dreams with the money, as a SWAT team closed in and grabbed him (SWAT is being used every time a police officer is arrested). Dornellian colleagues found $100 of the stolen, marked money tucked away in his socks.

Dornellian is now facing up to ten years in prison, being charged with Theft by a Public Servant. He was brought before a local court yesterday.

According to the Houston police, catching the officer thief was not easy, as he used to rob drug suspects, people known to be not so keen on reporting anything to law enforcement agencies.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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