- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A police officer in Toledo has been placed on unpaid suspension after he pleaded no contest to making off with caramel popcorn from a convenience store.

Authorities say the 52-year-old officer was on duty and in uniform on two back-to-back occasions when he took caramel popcorn from the Oregon Circle K.

Sgt. Richard Whitman pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge on Thursday. He was fined and placed on probation. He also paid back $3 for the popcorn.

The Blade (https://bit.ly/1wcPVhh ) newspaper in Toledo reports he will remain on leave while Toledo police conduct an internal investigation.

Whitman’s lawyer says he has no prior record and a sterling record during his 24 years as an officer. He also says Whitman is seeking professional advice from medical providers.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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