CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer has been charged with several counts of shoplifting after it was discovered that he was stealing items from a grocery store in the same division he was patrolling.
Officer Samuel Yaravitz has been charged with seven counts of larceny after he was identified as a suspect in shoplifting cases that occurred between Feb. 12 and May 9. Yaravitz has been with the department since 1999.
The reported thefts happened at the Harris Teeter at 6701 Morrison Blvd. in the Providence division where Yaravitz was a patrolman. Some of the items reportedly stolen were food, but CMPD Chief Putney said they cannot reveal all of the items stolen.
Chief Putney held a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the recent discovery. He says they department became aware of the incidents just 24 hours ago.
He says it’s unclear if Yaravitz was in uniform during these thefts, or on duty, but the department does believe the officer was in a marked police car during these reported larcenies.
“We are charged with upholding and enforcing the law and will continue to hold ourselves accountable when we violate it. I am disappointed that a member of our department has fallen short of our organization’s high standards," Chief Putney said.
You can watch the live presser below: