A KANSAS police officer has been fired after attempting to scam a deal selling around $400 (£340) of Pokémon cards.
The former Johnson County deputy sheriff was caught after trying to get the cashier to sell him Pokémon cards at a discount.
William C. Knight was charged with an unlawful act involving a theft detection shielding device, a felony, according to court records.
The former cop had taken barcodes from cheap items around his house and tried to replace the barcodes on booster boxes containing 12 Pokémon cards.
These boxes usually sell for around £130 ($150) and if he was successful he would have cheated the store out of hundreds of dollars.
He went to the register with a number of other items and groceries to try to hide the cards’ false prices.
Corresponding The Kansas City Starthe store noticed the deception, and when a security guard approached them, Knight said he had to take a call and left.
However, he was soon identified and arrested for the crime he has been charged with ever since.
Knight was not released from the role because he left the position of deputy sheriff three days after the incident.
However, he was fired from the force, meaning he should not be rehired for a role in the state.
His attorney, Kevin Dellett, said of the incident: “Unfortunately, at a time of intense stress and anxiety, he (Knight) exercised poor judgment which led to this arrest and indictment.
“Despite his release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Knight is still employed and supporting his family
“[He’s] is attempting to make amends to the victim, his community and his family through the prosecutor’s diversionary program.”
He has escaped jail time or a fine and instead must attend and complete a diversionary program.
This is a program that someone must complete in order to fulfill their sentence.
It may include things like an anger management course or a drug rehabilitation course, although it’s unclear what it consists of in this case.
Earlier this year, a London warehouse worker was caught at his home with over £60,000 ($72,000) worth of Pokémon cards he stole from work.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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