EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Bond has been set at $5,000 every for 2 East Cleveland police officers accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a person throughout a site visitors cease.
Alfonzo Cole, 33, and Willie Warner-Sims, 31, are each dealing with theft prices and are scheduled to be in Cuyahoga County Widespread Pleas Court docket Wednesday.
East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner mentioned the theft occurred Friday after the officers stopped the person for an alleged site visitors violation.
“They patted him down and located a considerable amount of money in his pocket,” Gardner advised the I-Crew. The chief defined the person had simply withdrawn $9,000 to pay for his relative’s funeral. The person had his receipt from the financial institution and the data for the funeral house, the chief mentioned.
“Sadly, the identical amount of money that got here out of his pocket didn’t return in his pocket when it was throughout,” Gardner mentioned. He famous that solely about $4,000 was returned to the person.
The chief contacted the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Workplace and requested for an investigation.
The officers have been arrested a short while later.
Gardner confirmed he additionally requested sheriff officers to analyze one other grievance filed by Richard Seawright. Seawright filed a grievance with East Cleveland police saying the officers stole about $350 from him after they searched his automobile.
“I used to be in my father’s driveway ready for him to assist me repair a light-weight on my automobile when these officers got here as much as me,” Seawright advised the I-Crew. “They ordered me out of the automobile and put me of their automobile. After I tried to ask questions they advised me I couldn’t say something.”
Seawright mentioned after they searched his automobile, they wrote him a quotation for tinted home windows, and let him go. When he went again in his automobile he seen the cash was gone.
“I advised my Dad I simply received robbed by East Cleveland police,” Seawright mentioned. “I earned that cash from working in my automobile detailing enterprise. That might not be some huge cash for some folks however it’s for me.”
East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King mentioned he’s very upset by the officers’ actions.
The 2 officers are on paid administrative go away, pending a disciplinary listening to.
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