Police officer, while investigating burglary, allegedly stole cash

CREATED Jan 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee Police officer faces charges of theft and misconduct in public office for allegedly stealing money while investigating a burglary.

Carl Howell, 37, faces up to four years and three months in prison if convicted on both charges.

A criminal complaint says that Howell responded to a complaint of a burglary on November 20, 2012 at the Hopkins Food Mart near the corner of North Hopkins Street and West Glendale Avenue on the city's north side.

According to the complaint, a store owner showed Howell the store's cash drawer.

The complaint says that after leaving the store, Howell came back and took cash from the drawer.

Howell later admitted to stealing $200 from the drawer, according to the complaint.  He said he was behind on his rent.