A Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Monday after he reportedly stole about $200 worth of merchandise from a Florida Walmart, officials said.
Deputy Henry Guzman, 44, a 13-year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested after he allegedly stole Marvel and “Star Wars” movie action figures. He also allegedly took DVDs including “Fifty Shades Freed” and “Dirt” from a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Authorities said Guzman, who was in uniform, took the items in three different visits on May 2, May 9 and May 17. Guzman reportedly put the items in his inner vest each time. He was working a “special detail” at the Florida Medical Center during the team of the alleged thefts.
Guzman was arrested at the sheriff’s office Monday and transported to the Broward Main Jail. The deputy faces “multiple misdemeanor theft charges and has been suspended with pay,” the sheriff’s office stated.
“He is expected to be suspended without pay after the State Attorney’s Office formally files the charges,” Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said “no one is above the law” in a statement.
“Absolutely no one is above the law,” Israel said. “His actions are disgraceful, and in no way are a reflection of the good, hardworking men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”“I commend the work of the Public Corruption Unit for its commitment to hold deputies accountable for any criminal activity.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office made headlines in February following the deadly school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School which left 17 people dead. In the wake of the shooting, the sheriff’s office received heavy backlash for the handling of the situation, including the actions of Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, who stood outside the building as the attack unfolded.