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Florida Police Charge Pittsburgh Officer With Theft

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via YellowBrix

August 17, 2010

Orlando, Fla. police have charged a Pittsburgh police officer with stealing more than $300 worth of Harry Potter merchandise from Universal Studios Florida, where he was vacationing with his family this weekend.

Officer Henry A. Rogowski, 49, will face discipline when he returns, Chief Nate Harper said. A 17-year veteran who works out of the Allentown station, Officer Rogowski will likely be moved to administrative duty while the Office of Municipal Investigations probes the case.

On Sunday, a loss prevention officer at a gift shop watched Officer Rogowski take two Gryffindor photo albums from a rack and put them in a plastic Universal Studios bag he was carrying, according to an affidavit supporting his arrest. He also took 12 Harry Potter bookmarks and a key chain from a display and put the items in his bag as he was walking way, police said.

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Officer Henry A. Rogowski

As he was exiting, the loss prevention officer saw him take a set of Harry Potter playing cards “without making an attempt to pay for the merchandise,” the affidavit says. He admitted taking the items when she confronted him.

Officer Rogowski later told police his family had visited Universal Studios in April but returned because the Harry Potter ride was not open yet. He said he selected some items in the gift shop and attempted to pay for them, but “the registers were busy and he did not feel like waiting,” the affidavit says.

“I’m sorry,” he told police. “I know I did something stupid.”

Orlando police charged Officer Rogowski with grand theft and confiscated the personally owned firearm he had been carrying at the theme park.

“It gives our department a black eye,” Chief Harper said. “Anytime we see one of our officers act in this manner, it’s very troublesome and its very embarrassing.”


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    copper15

    almost 4 years ago

    500 Comments

    As Paul Harvey once said: only one half of one percent of police officers misfit the uniform and that is a better average then the clergy. Too bad this guy has to be one of the one half of the one percent that the public sees and hears about.

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23294 Comments

    wiseass0282. U da man

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11354 Comments

    “It gives our department a black eye,” Chief Harper said.

    A Black Eye and another Slap in the Face to all the good officers serving our profession...

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    thestugots01

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    17 year veteran yet he does something this stupid. What an idiot.

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    Lawdawg304

    almost 4 years ago

    184 Comments

    DUMBASS......

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50400 Comments

    Unbelievable. Another LEO career circling the toilet bowl.

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    RescueNanny

    almost 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    His excuse is just as dumb as the excuses offered by other criminals. “the registers were busy and he did not feel like waiting,”
    That sounds like something a kid would say.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    A decision he will probably come to regret .....

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    Almost_a_Rookie

    almost 4 years ago

    172 Comments

    hope his career was worth $300 in Harry Potter junk!

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Such sheer stupidity.

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    AcademyCadet

    almost 4 years ago

    322 Comments

    Duh DuhDuh Duh Wat A DumbAss

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    what a fool

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    I agree, he needs to be fired! He knew what he was doing. Looks like someone will be taking his job very soon.

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    wildsoldier

    almost 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    whoops got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, now he is part of the group he was chasing. Good for ya thief...... He should get fired for this. I don't care how long he was a cop before that. What a disgrace....

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    CAZ

    almost 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    These type of people stopped being LEO's the moment they started being criminals. Therefore they are no longer LEO's in my eyes and are not an embarrassment to me due to the fact they are not like me. They are like every other Subject that get's arrested for crimes everyday.

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