Sticky-fingered campus cop charged in pastry theft

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- New York State police say a sticky-fingered college campus policeman was helping himself to more than the free coffee at a convenience store. He also routinely stuffed a pastry into his coat.

The Valero Nice N Easy, in upstate New York's Morrisville, offers free coffee to any police officer in uniform. Sgt. Steve Brody of the Morrisville State College University Police stopped daily to buy a newspaper and pick up a free cup of coffee.

Troopers say they have surveillance videos of Brody pocketing the pastries.

Brody is now accused of taking about $30 worth of pastries over at least 17 separate occasions. Brody, 55, was ticketed for petit larceny.

Brody and his attorney declined to comment. Brody remains an employee at Morrisville; school officials say the case is a personnel matter and refused to further comment.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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