Texas City, Texas police officer Linnard R. Crouch will serve no jail time even though he was caught stealing from a dying elderly man by his own body camera.
James Mabe, 74, was having a heart attack when Crouch approached his truck and stole over $2,000 of the $2,400 his wife had given him to buy Christmas gifts in December, 2016, reported ABC 13.
According to officials who viewed the body camera footage, Crouch did not try to help Mabe. Instead, he reached into the dying man’s pockets and stole his cash.
Mabe’s widow, Linda Mabe, was disgusted by the way an officer stole from her dying husband rather than try to save him as he swore to do.
“At a time when seconds could mean life or death, as my husband clung to life, a police officer who is charged by law to protect and serve robbed my husband when he needed help the most,” Linda said after her husband’s death.
Before the incident, Linda gave James $2,400 in cash to buy some Christmas gifts for the family.
James drove away to do just that, but on the way to the store, he stopped his vehicle on the street.
Texas City police received a call about the vehicle stopped in the street, and Crouch responded around 5:40 p.m.
The officer opened the locked truck door and reached into the dying man’s pocket, removing $2,400.
At the hospital, Crouch gave Linda Mabe a bag containing only a few hundred dollars, and he kept the rest for himself.
The theft was reported to the department, and Crouch resigned on January 30, 2017.
In July 2017, Crouch was arrested for the crime, and the family’s lawsuit was settled with the city for an undisclosed amount.
Crouch received no jail time, but did get 10 years probation after pleading guilty to 1 count of theft by a public servant.
As part of his plea deal, an unrelated charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was also dismissed, reported Dallas Morning News.
That charge was from when he allegedly crashed his car into his ex-girlfriend’s car when he got upset.