Thursday, July 17, 2008
Scuzzbucket of the Week Part Deux
Slidell Police arrested one of their own after an internal investigation determined the officer stole from several Hispanic motorists during traffic stops, authorities said.
Officer Jonathan M. Lutman, 25, resigned Friday after two years on the force. He was booked with one count of theft over $500, eight counts of theft under $300 and four counts of malfeasance in office, Police Chief Freddy Drennan said at a news conference
Police believe Lutman targeted Hispanics because he believed the language barrier would prevent them from reporting the thefts, Drennan said. Most of his victims spoke English poorly or not at all, he said.
If convicted on all charges Lutman could face up to 74 year in prison at hard labor and up to a fine of $59,000 or both.