Former Cop Under Investigation

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The Ingham County Sheriff's office evidence room looks like something of a pro shop--Callaway, Taylormade, Ping. There are more than 150 clubs recovered from a secondhand store in Lansing. They are suspected stolen.

"It's high end equipment," Undersheriff Allan Spyke says. "Our detective were reviewing pawn sheets and noted an inordinate amount of golf equipment being pawned by one individual."

That individual, a former Lansing cop, was an employee at both Dick's Sporting Goods at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township and Indian Hills Golf Course in Okemos. The clubs, detectives believe, may have been taken from both.

"We're checking to see if there is more out there," Spyke says.

The suspect has been questioned, but not arrested or charged. A joint team of investigators from the sheriff's office and the Michigan State Police are looking into the larceny, and other crimes. Charges would be up to the Ingham County prosecutor.

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  • by Sandi Location: Lansing on Aug 23, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    So did this guy pull some strings and avoid prosecution?
  • by Nelson Location: West a few miles on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    Ever notice the seeming glee in the LSJ when it involves anyone connected with Law Enf. screws up?
  • by Paul Location: Southfield on Aug 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    Good point Pete - How could you get in the car with golf clubs in your pant legs - sounds like that would be a difficult if not impossible thing to do - stop to think that now - golf clubs according to profession information that I looked up are anywhere from 39" to 45" long - I am 5' 6" and if I measure from the floor to 39" that is above my waist and 45" is half way betwen my waist and my shoulders - Now could anyone get in a car with something that long that is not flexible...I don't think that is possible -
  • by Pete Location: Farmington Hills on Aug 20, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    To Lisa: Also, where did you read he was caught w/ golf clubs in his pant legs? Just wondering.
  • by Someone Location: Michigan on Aug 19, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    To Lisa: Where did you get $70,000. the above article says $37,000. Did you just decide to add $33,000. just for the heck of it. You need to quit making comments you apparently have no knowledge of. Maybe this officer, if he is guilty, had problems none of us can imagine having. Until you walk in someones shoes you should not judge them - I would not want to be your friend you are just way to judgemental...and if you believe everything in the media you are to guilible because they sometimes do not have all the facts and blow things out of proportion - get off your holier than thou attitude.
  • by Lisa Location: Holt on Aug 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    Why is there any question about brining charges against this retired cop? They caught him red handed with two golf clubs in his pant legs in his car. The amount he allegedly stole was listed as around $70,000! At that amount, it's a felony! If it had been an average joe, I doubt there would be any question of whether or not charges should be pressed here. Unreal.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Aug 17, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    I hope that this does not reflect badly on all of the good cops. They do not want to press charges until they are ready to deal with the police union.
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