A Montgomery County Police Officer who had been working as a security guard at the Germantown Walmart has been charged with stealing various items from the store over six week period, according to police. He has been suspended from duty with pay pending completion of an investigation and future court action.
Police Officer Jose A. Barahona, 25, who has been working as a patrol officer in the 4th District in Wheaton been charged with theft less than $100, theft $100 to under $1500, and theft scheme $100 to $1500, according to a press release from MCPD Monday afternoon.
On February 8, a Montgomery County police officer began to investigate the report of a theft that occurred at the Walmart store located at 20910 Frederick Road in Germantown. The complainant, a Walmart loss prevention employee, stated that on February 2, a person known to him had stolen items from the store. The suspect, identified as Jose A. Barahona, was known to the loss prevention employee because Barahona worked as a security guard at the store, being employed by a company that provides security services. The complainant stated to the investigating officer that he believed Barahona had attempted to steal items and had successfully stolen items from the store on other occasions while Barahona was working at the store as a security employee, said police.
A review of Walmart’s video surveillance by the investigating officer during the times that Barahona was known to have been working in the store revealed that from December 23, 2017, to February 3, 2018, Barahona engaged in a continuing course of conduct of stealing items from the Walmart store while he was working as a security guard.
Barahona was hired as a Montgomery County Police Officer in October of 2014. He has been suspended from duty with pay. His police powers have been suspended pending the completion of this investigation and future court action. He is due in court April 10 for a trial on three counts of theft; Theft Scheme from $100 to More than $1,500, Theft: $100 to Under $1,500, and Theft of Less Than $100.
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