Police officer was taken into custody after it was revealed that he stole money and marijuana from his police department.
Grants Police Department Sgt. Roshern C. McKinney was apprehended last week after it was revealed that he had stolen marijuana and money from the GPD. He has been charged with conspiracy, distribution, and felony embezzlement. McKinney’s girlfriend, Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzales, was also charged by the state police for conspiracy and marijuana distribution. They were both detained at the Sandoval County Detention Center in New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police released a statement saying: “State Police Agents began investigating the activity on July 11, 2016. The six-week long investigation into this incident included approximately eighteen interviews, analysis of numerous documents and paperwork and the review of numerous lapel camera recordings. Agents viewed the lapel camera recording in question and observed Grants Police Department Sergeant Roshern C. McKinney (33) on duty, in uniform, driving his marked patrol car to the Grants Police Department. He entered his private office, obtained a substance believed to be marijuana and placed the substance in his uniform pocket. Sergeant McKinney then left the department and drove to his girlfriend’s residence located in Grants, NM. Upon arrival at the residence, Sergeant McKinney is recorded, on video, stating that he was giving the marijuana to his girlfriend, Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzalez, to give to her father, which she ultimately did.”
As stated in the investigator’s report, McKinney took $785 and 8 ounces of marijuana, which were taken as evidence, but they were never submitted to the department’s evidence vault. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave as investigation proceeds.
The police officer was caught stealing from his own department. And that’s only because his body cam was on. Now, imagine if he had turned it off, would he have been caught? How many cops commit such crimes in various police departments, but never get caught? We never know. We hope he’s appropriately punished for his illicit actions.
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