- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - A Mandeville police officer has lost his termination appeal after he was accused of stealing batteries from a Home Depot.

News outlets report the Mandeville Municipal Police Employee’ Civil Service Board upheld Johnny Sanders‘ termination on Monday.

Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said in a news release that he initially fired Sanders on March 17 as his actions brought the department under disrepute.

Authorities say Sanders was issued a criminal summons February 20 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor theft of goods. The charges stem from an accusation that he stole a pair of $168 batteries from Home Depot. Officials say he was off-duty at the time of the alleged theft.

Sanders still has a pending criminal case in the 22nd Judicial District Court.

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