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Pittsburgh police detective charged with stealing envelope of cash

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Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:12 a.m.
 

Fellow officers recognized a Pittsburgh police detective on surveillance video taking an envelope containing $220 in cash from a 7-Eleven counter, according to a criminal complaint.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the department placed Michael Reddy, 40, on modified duty while the investigation and an internal review are under way.

“Nobody can believe this,” Reddy's attorney, James A. Wymard, said. “This is totally out of character for Mike Reddy, and anybody that knows him well will tell you the same.”

Pittsburgh police were called to the 7-Eleven on Western Avenue in the North Side about 5 p.m. Tuesday for a report of stolen cash. A customer mistakenly left $220 in an envelope on the counter. When the customer returned to retrieve it, the money was gone.

Store employees checked a surveillance camera recording and saw someone take the envelope. Detectives who reviewed the tape recognized Reddy, who has worked for the city since 2003, according to a city employee roster.

The complaint said police called Reddy to headquarters. Reddy asked whether it was about the envelope, which he removed from his jacket pocket. He told officers he “didn't know what to do with it; I was going to take it to Zone 1 or something,” according to the complaint.

Wymard said Reddy intended to return the cash to the police department for what's called a “30-day hold” that allows the item's rightful owner to claim it. But before that, he was called away on an investigation-related matter in Mercer County, Wymard said, until the department requested that he return to headquarters.

Police charged Reddy with one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake. Both are misdemeanors.

Toler said the department consulted with the District Attorney's Office. She said she could not comment on what modified duty entails, but Reddy is not serving in his previous capacity in accordance with department rules and regulations.

Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or mdaniels@tribweb.com.

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