Dallas Officer Once Fired for Theft On Leave Again

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

DALLAS - A Dallas police officer who got his job back after being fired over an alleged theft is on leave over another accusation of thievery.

Thirty-three-year-old Johnny Rodriguez was placed on leave this week while police investigate an allegation that he stole a pair of boots belonging to a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. Rodriguez and his attorney declined to comment.

Assistant Chief Ron Waldrop said the incident is under investigation.

Rodriguez was fired in 2006 after an internal investigation said he stole a set of tires and rims worth about $4,000 from the auto pound. Rodriguez denied the allegations and was not indicted.

Six months after his firing, an administrative law judge ordered Rodriguez be reinstated with full back pay and benefits.

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