L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies Suspected of Theft and Bribery in Car Towing Scheme
Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and a parking control officer have been relieved of their duties after allegedly participating in a car towing theft and bribery scheme. According to the department, the four individuals were caught stealing from towed vehicles and bribing car owners who wished to avoid impoundment. All of them worked out of the Century Station in Lynwood but are believed to have worked independently and not as a team.
Newly-elected Sheriff Jim McDonnell was quick to reiterate a zero-tolerance policy towards these kind of shakedowns.
"Any acts of misconduct by members of our Department tarnish the badge all of us wear and erode the confidence the public has in law enforcement," McDonnell said in a written statement. "We will respond swiftly and resolutely whenever acts of this nature come to our attention, just as we did in this case."
As of yet, no charges have been filed. The department is currently conducting an internal investigation, after which it may forward the case to the district attorney.
The revelation comes at a critical time for the department, which is working to repair its image after a series of major corruption scandals.
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