Lucas County corrections officers out of work after theft accusations

Two Lucas County Jail corrections officers are now without a job after they were accused of stealing from a local Wal-Mart.

Holland police say in mid-February, the two women tried to steal from the McCord Road store.

Both Denise Alexander and Charlana Brown were charged with theft.

"Sheriff Tharp doesn't condone that type of misconduct by employees who violate policy and procedure," said Lt. Richard Grove of the department's Internal Affairs Bureau. "We investigate and make sure employees uphold the highest standards."

Officer Brown resigned on February 24th.

Alexander did not resign -- and so, an internal affairs investigation was opened on February 17th.

The review paints a picture of what allegedly happened inside the store.

According to the internal affairs review, obtained by NBC 24, a loss prevention officer at Wal-Mart stopped Officer Alexander as she attempted to exit the store on February 10th. The employee told police he witnessed the officer use the self-checkout lane and pay for only some of her items.

According the document, Alexander paid for items totaling $70.91 and failed to pay for items totaling $164.74.

Store officials say identified Alexander as the suspect in two previous thefts.

Lt. Grove says Alexander admitted to the February 10th incident during her internal review.

On Monday, Sheriff John Tharp informed Alexander of her termination. In that termination letter, Tharp referenced seven department rules that Alexander was in violation of.

Lt. Grove says these incidents can be difficult for any agency.

"Absolutely," he says. "Investigating fellow employees -- you develop personal relationships over the years. You try to maintain professionalism and still do the job."

He says Alexander was cooperative during the investigation.

Because she resigned, many of the specific accusations against Officer Brown were not immediately available.

The cases against both women are pending in Sylvania Municipal Court.

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