LMPD officer facing shoplifting charges

Published: Sep. 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM EDT
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Larry Wagner (Source: LMPD)
Larry Wagner (Source: LMPD)
LMPD Sgt. Phil Russell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD Sgt. Phil Russell (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro Police officer is facing charges after he was accused of shoplifting from a store in East Louisville.

Security videos at Cabella's caught Officer Larry Wagner, 44, concealing merchandise inside of the store, then leaving without paying on two separate occasions, LMPD Sergeant Phil Russell said Wednesday.

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Cabella's presented the tapes to LMPD's Public Integrity Unit. The information was then presented to the County Attorney who determined charges were necessary.

"This is absolutely disappointing, but at the same time it is absolutely intolerable, so our Public Integrity Unit will investigate these types of criminal allegations and pursue that knowing that that is their job to ensure the public trust, and to push forward with prosecution of anyone involved in criminal behavior," Russell said.

Wagner is facing charges of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and expected to appear in court later in Sept.

In 2008 Wagner and Keith Heselschwerdt were placed on administrative leave during an investigation into the death of Isaac Bass.

Police said on July 2, 2008 Bass was fighting with his brother in the 5000 block of Delaware Drive. While trying to separate the two Bass attacked one of the officers with a flashlight. Bass was tased and transported to Norton Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In 2013 Wagner was an Exceptional Merit award recipient, a distinguished life saving award, by LMPD.

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