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St. Louis police officer charged in theft of cellphone

St. Louis police officer charged in theft of cellphone

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ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis police officer accused of stealing an arrestee's cellphone was charged Friday with misdemeanor theft, court records show.

Thomas Harger

Thomas Harger, a former St. Louis police officer, pleaded guilty to stealing an arrestee's cellphone. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution.

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.

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