CCTV System Catches Police With Hands in Cookie Store


For a change, it’s not the thieves who have been caught stealing by video surveillance, it’s the police. A CCTV system in a Richmond, Calif., shopping mall cookie store appeared to catch police stealing drinks when they were supposed to catching a crook.

The Contra Costa Times reports that a security camera showed at least six Richmond police officers pouring cold beverages behind the counter of a closed Mrs. Fields cookie shop while they were searching for a gunman at the mall on July 15.

The management of the Hilltop Mall store reported the incident, and police are investigating. Officers searched the mall for hours after a security guard surprised two masked burglars trying to open a jewelry store’s security gate. The suspects were never found.

“This was not just a group of officers out on a frolic. A couple of them were dehydrated to the point of desperation,” said Mary Sansen, a lawyer representing the officers on behalf of the Richmond Police Officers Association, to the Times.

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