Ex-D.C. cop sentenced in money order theft

A former D.C. police officer was sentenced Friday to 40 hours of community service and six months of probation for taking nearly $1,000 in money orders from a woman who was under arrest, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Alexander Rodriguez, 33, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree theft, agreeing to pay the woman $1,200 in restitution and to resign after more than five years working for the department, authorities said.

The incident followed a traffic accident involving the woman in the early morning hours of July 4 near the intersection of Benning Road and Southern Avenue SE, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Authorities said that after the woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Rodriguez stole two money orders worth $962 from the woman’s purse and failed to list them on an inventory of her possessions.

Rodriguez was caught after the woman was released from jail, picked up her property and noticed the money orders were missing, authorities said. She traced them through Western Union and learned they had been cashed by a person later identified as Rodriguez, according to prosecutors.

D.C. Superior Court Judge John McCabe imposed a 90-day sentence but suspended it as long as Rodriguez completes the terms of his probation, authorities said.

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