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    Police Officer accused of robbing citizens on traffic stops

    A Coconut Creek police officer is charged with grand theft, accused of robbing drivers during traffic stops.

    Officer Michael Dunsavage was arrested Monday.

    Dunsavage is accused of stealing $770 in cash from three drivers who he pulled over in the pre-dawn hours of July 15.

    "In two of the cases, he reached into the vehicle while the wallet was on the lap, and he reached inside the vehicle and grabbed the wallet and brought it back to his police car," said Officer Tony Avello. "He made some entries into the computer to check out who it was and the money was taken out of the wallet. In one traffic stop, he actually did a pat-down on the occupants and a wallet was removed from the back pocket."

    Dunsavage was placed on administrative leave at the time of the initial complaint in July.

    Avello said Dunsavage tried to cover his tracks by not calling in the traffic stops to the police dispatcher, but an investigation turned up the evidence needed to charge him.

    "He manually deleted references from traffic stops on the laptop computer," Avello said. "But when our investigators analyzed the information from the computer, it does not remove it from the internal record. We also verified that information with Florida Department of Law Enforcement and there's a record of him clearing the computer for that information."

    Dunsavage resigned from the force earlier this month. He had been a Coconut Creek police officer since July 2002.

    NBC 6's Ari Odzer reported that in his four years with the department, Dunsavage was disciplined three times for unauthorized police chases, including one chase when he had a prisoner in the backseat of his cruiser.

    Dunsavage was commended for an act of bravery while working with Coconut Creek police. He once confronted a man who was waving a gun, threatening suicide. Officers said no one was hurt in the incident, partly because of Dunsavage's work.

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    How long could the dumbbut expect to do that before the PD started believing the complaints against him?

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    We had the same type thing in a small town in my County a couple of years back. It was three or four officers, and they were targeting illegal hispanics thinking nothing would come from them doing it to them. They generated so many complaints the SBI had an undercover officer come in and they sure enough stopped him and took his money. Not sure of the outcome other than they lost their LEO credentials with NC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg3533
    We had the same type thing in a small town in my County a couple of years back. It was three or four officers, and they were targeting illegal hispanics thinking nothing would come from them doing it to them. They generated so many complaints the SBI had an undercover officer come in and they sure enough stopped him and took his money. Not sure of the outcome other than they lost their LEO credentials with NC.
    I think I remember that case. They'd been doing it a while, hadn't they? Several months, at least. Sorry you had that in your backyard, so to speak. At least they caught this guy before he made a career out of it.
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