Montgomery police officer charged with stealing $20 from suicide victim

Published: Apr. 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A veteran Montgomery police officer is being charged with theft after a fellow officer witnessed him taking money from the personal belongings of a 2012 suicide victim that was being held by the Department.

The officer, Corporal Stanley Wilson, 48, is accused of pocketing $20 from the victim's personal effects. The charge could cost the officer his job with the Criminal Investigation Division. He's been with MPD since 1987.

After being charged with third-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor, Wilson was transported to the Montgomery City Jail. Police Chief Kevin J. Murphy immediately initiated termination proceedings and placed him on mandatory leave.

"We hold our officers to the highest standards," said Chief Murphy. "That is what the public expects and deserves. A theft of any amount is unacceptable and intolerable within our ranks."

Murphy said the actions of the officer who observed and reported the theft are consistent with MPD's character and expectations.

No additional details are being released and the Department declined a request for an on-camera interview. 

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