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Cabela's security claims LMPD officer stole merchandise

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Officer Larry Wagner is accused of stealing from Cabela's earlier in 2014. Officer Larry Wagner is accused of stealing from Cabela's earlier in 2014.
Police say Officer Wagner stole from Cabela's, a hunting, fishing and outdoor sports store. Police say Officer Wagner stole from Cabela's, a hunting, fishing and outdoor sports store.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Long time metro police officer Larry Wagner is accused of shoplifting from Cabela's. Police say he has been with the department for 22-years.

“He was a patrol officer in the 6th division on our afternoon shift," Sgt. Phil Russell said.

This week, police say they discovered Wagner was doing a little bit more than just patrolling the 6th division.

"You know, it came to our attention just within the last few days," Russell explained.

According to a Metro Police citation, Wagner was observed shoplifting at the Cabela's in Old Brownsboro Crossing.

“Our public integrity unit investigated, determined that indeed he had committed the theft and so they charged him," Russell said.

The investigation started with store security. A criminal complaint summons says the thefts took place between April and August of 2014.

"The authorities from Cabelas are the ones that determined that he had committed that theft back then and had apparently some video surveillance of that," Russell said.

Instead of confronting Wagner, something prompted store security to contact police, Russell said. “Their in store security were able to determine his identification, realized he was a police officer and contacted us from there."

Wagner's Facebook page shows he's into hunting, which is a specialty of Cabela's, along with fishing and other outdoor sports.

Police say his alleged actions are not only disappointing but also damaging to the entire department. "Anytime you violate the public trust ah, as an officer, it reflects poorly on us as an agency and it reflects on police officers around the country,” Russell said.

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