ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis police officer accused of stealing an arrestee's cellphone was charged Friday with misdemeanor theft, court records show.
Thomas W. Harger, 31, was arrested Jan. 23 at police headquarters.
Charging documents claim that he was caught on video taking a suspect's unattended cellphone from a "booking counter" at the South Patrol station at 3157 Sublette Avenue on Jan. 21. Harger was booking someone else, and then took the woman's phone, "hid it under paperwork" and could be seen on video in other parts of the station with the phone, the charges say.
The woman was being held on an outstanding traffic warrant. The investigation began when she was released and discovered her phone was missing. It had been listed on the arrest inventory sheet. The phone has since been turned off and is still missing, the charges say.
Harger's lawyer declined to comment.