Texas cop busted for stealing coworkers food at station

Jordan Chittley
Daily Buzz

I hate it when I go to eat my lunch during my work day and realize there are no forks.

While it seemed like people were stealing utensils in my office, I guess at least they weren't stealing entire food and drinks.

This is however, what happened at a police station in Texas.

Complaints of missing food at the Deer Park station were piling up on Chief Gregory Grigg's desk, so after about a year the chief authorized a sting of the break room fridge, according to KTRK-TV in Houston.

"I know there were officers that had items stolen over a long period of time," said Grigg in an WBBH-TV article. "It does make you angry. You're in a place where people have sworn to uphold the law."

Police set up a hidden camera in the fridge and surrounded it with cans of Monster Energy drink including one with the initials of an officer.

The hidden camera revealed Officer Kevin Yang stealing the drink. He told investigators he takes it upon himself to keep the fridge clean.

"A lot of times we clean up the community refrigerator like once a week," Yang explained in a KTRK-TV article. "Everything take by Friday or certain date or everything gets thrown out, which we do here."

Over the next week Yang was caught three more times taking items including a sandwich shop bag and more marked drink cans.

"The same officer was taking the items each time," said Chief Griggs. "When you're not putting anything in and you're taking things out, it became clear to us he was taking things knowingly and against the law."

While Yang was caught in November, he began servicing his 30-day suspension last week and also faces charges of misdemeanor theft. Even if Yang is convicted, he will be able to continue being a cop because it isn't a serious offense. The suspension will cost him $4,500 in lost pay.