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False Police Report Leads to Arrest of FL Schools Officer

False Police Report Leads to Arrest of FL Schools Officer

Palm Beach County School District Police officer Leartis Vereen is charged with filing a false police report about the theft of his service weapon in Dec. 2010.

The Orlando Sentinal via YellowBrix

March 02, 2011

PALM BEACH COUNTY – A 15-year veteran Palm Beach County school district police officer was arrested Monday and charged with filing a false report about the theft of his weapon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

On Dec. 31, Leartis Vereen, 53, told deputies his Royal Palm Beach home had been broken into that same day and that his police-issued duty belt was among the items stolen, investigators said.

The belt contained a department-issued Glock handgun, handcuffs, a police radio, and [pepper] spray, the theft report stated.

However, a check of stolen firearms records showed the missing Glock model 22 with a serial number FXS360 was recovered during a robbery attempt and held as evidence by West Palm Beach police on Dec. 27, four days before Vereen reported it stolen, according to investigator Gabriel Carino.

Confronted with these facts, Vereen changed his story to say the weapon, belt and other equipment were actually stolen on Dec. 27 and that he had tried to recover them on his own by putting “word out on the street,” Carino said.

With no success, Vereen decided Dec. 31 to add the missing gun and duty belt to the list of other items stolen from his home, according to the incident report.

“He has been reassigned to a non-school, non-police position within the school [system] Police Department pending the outcome of the criminal case and the just-launched personnel investigation,” school district spokesman Nat Harrington said. “This is standard procedure for this type of allegation.”


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    HPBushrod

    about 3 years ago

    236 Comments

    No substitiute for being honest. He did himself in. What an idiot.

  • Academyrun_014_max50

    pdyer

    about 3 years ago

    352 Comments

    "word on the street"....Please...I wonder if he took annual leave or came to work without a gun for awhile? Someone more trustworthy deserves his job.

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    informative

    about 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    assigned to a non-school, non-police position within the school system? Yet another use for "rubber rooms" besides being a welfare system for teachers that abused students in lame states such as New York.

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    vblanton

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I don't know about the rest of you guys at the office, but I'd want to know where he was on December 27th? He may have just become a suspect in a robbery.

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    WILLISCRAIGPI

    about 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    FIRE him. He is a disgrace to the badge.

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    beauinlieuof

    about 3 years ago

    88 Comments

    To securetexas, that saying is from a forrest gump movie and even forest gump was smarter than the officer. What ever his reasons were he should have known better than to be blinded by the fact no one gets away with it. Sooner or later it catches up to you. The officer was wrong. Unfortunity he has to pay the price. I think an apology would be in order to his comrades in arms.

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    fsa0033

    about 3 years ago

    324 Comments

    And why are they letting him work around kids?

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    Stargater

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I'd hate to see him loose his pension because of his stupidity, but I can't see what else administrators can do.

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    Froid

    about 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    How in heck did this idiot last 15 years? Guarantee this isn't the first major screw up.

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    Bnshape

    about 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    Wow, being an police officer you'd
    think that he would know better.
    If sense was common,
    everyone would have it.

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    AHawk

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    All you FL applicants, I heard of a position opening up.....

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Seriosly, lying to police only leads to more investaion work, which means that eventually the lies will be revealed. Being a police officer himself, he should know this.

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    ta64747

    about 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    WHENEVER YOU CHANGE YOUR STORY THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE DIGGING TO DO

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    RetCincyDisp

    about 3 years ago

    164 Comments

    There's more to his lie that he hasn't told.Was it a "real" burglary? What's he really into?Innocent people don't lie

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    jhall41

    about 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    No matter what the rest of the investigation turns up this guy has three major violations right out of the gate, failure to properly secure a weapon, loosing department equipment and falsifying a report. The good news is that no citizens or LEO’s were hurt with it before recovery.
    The Mexican gun traffic from the U.S. is a hot button item especially because of public safety concerns and more rights are in danger of being effected. Many of the stolen police guns and equipment are turning up in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. These aren’t the average street thugs. They are extremely violent outlaws. Failure to properly secure and intentional sale are the two most popular reasons for loss. Both are propagated by lack of accountability issues within departments and the easy replacement fostered by money from seized asset funds. Some say make the officer pay for the loss and stick a letter in their file which still doesn’t cut it.
    The bottom line is that due to negligence a high cap weapon is now out on the street endangering citizens and police. The other question is, if he was issued an assault rifle or worse yet a class III weapon, is it accounted for? It’s becoming common for an officer to report their handgun stolen with the loss of the assault weapons not hitting the public news media.
    The facts from the investigation may tell us more if the report the news media receives isn’t sanitized before release. Historically, these incidents curiously increase around Christmas and tax times. Checks on credit reports or of sudden life style changes like new cars, expensive watches, gambling habits, etc. are easy resources. No matter the rest, falsifying a report is the sure fired career breaker.

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