Tempe Cop Uses Evidence Room as Personal Home Depot; Busted Stealing Tools and Refrigerator -- Among Other Things

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When a cop is busted stealing something from an evidence room, it's often drugs or cash. Not Tempe police Officer Elliot Campbell -- he stole a refrigerator, a washing machine, and various other household items.

Campbell, an 11-year veteran, was arrested yesterday after an investigation revealed he looted the department's evidence room and used the items he stole -- including several gift cards to various retail stores -- for a little home improvement.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors Office began investigating Campbell in April regarding his performing contract work without a contractor's license.

The investigation revealed that Campbell was driving on a suspended license. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which ultimately found he'd been stealing evidence.

During the course of their investigation, authorities searched Campbell's squad car and found envelopes checked out of the department's evidence room in March 2008. Additionally, detectives found that Campbell also had checked out a refrigerator, a clothes washer, a watch, and some tools from the evidence room. He told employees in the evidence room he was planning to return the items to their owners, which is why he was allowed to take them.

It was later determined that the gift cards Campbell had checked out of the evidence room were used at Costco and Target stores near the officer's home. A search of his house turned up the watch and the refrigerator. The washing machine, Campbell later told police, was given to a friend.

Bill Richardson is a former Mesa detective who is often critical of the Tempe Police Department. He says Campbell never should have been permitted to remove the items from the evidence room in the first place.

In a letter to Tempe officials, Richardson wrote the following:

In all my years of experience and being involved in hundreds and hundreds of felony criminal cases I have never ever taken evidence out of the property/evidence division and personally returned it to a victim. I have never heard of such a thing. It is the duty of the property/evidence custodian to dispose of evidence and seized property not an officer involved in the case.

That said, if there are lose procedures in the property/evidence division of the Tempe PD there maybe other problems relating to misappropriated property and evidence. Phoenix just uncovered a case where a detective was purportedly taking drug evidence to court when he was using the drugs himself. Lax rules, lax supervision lead to police corruption.

When you discover one dirty cop you have to figure there are others who are exploiting the system.

Following his arrest, Campbell resigned from the department. He's been booked on two counts of theft of a credit card, 10 counts of tampering with evidence, and one count each of forgery, burglary, and theft. 

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

He actually kidnapped those items.   Start the kidnapping count for Tempe, they need some federal funds too. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Walter, this is what happens when departments take the ticket quotas away. It used to be that we could get a microwave for 20 tickets in a week. Fridge for 150 in a month, or a washer/dryer set for 500 tickets in six weeks.

Now the cops have to use the old stuff taken from cold cases out of the property room...

I once actually had a guy ask if we had a quota. "No sir, not anymore, now I can write as many tickets as I want to"...

Seriously, this guy sure makes things bad for all the cops...

Where's My Frigidaire
Where's My Frigidaire

You would think that one law enforcement agency operating with over-the-top corruption and graft techniques ( Yes, I'm talkng about MCSO and the freak of the show, Sheriff Joe ) would be enough for one city. But this Phoenix, by golly, state capitol of Haterville ( not to be confused with Hooterville ), where the only real competition is in the fields of public corruption, Meth addiction, masturbating in the field, and human stupid. 

But then again, Officer Dude was only kiping major appliances, which pales by comparison to that knight in shining armor - and pink colored "Depends", Sheriff Joe, a man whose political intrigues cannot be duplicated.

Now the old scumdiaper pulls the Ronald Reagan defense and can't remember, or wasn't informed. Hoorah for Phoenix.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

 How in the fuck do you walk out of a police station with refrigerator and a washing machine without nobody noticing, Sheriff Joke ArPayaso must have been on watch that night.

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

 If you read the reports or this article. They sayeth that he's been telling his co-workers that he was "going to return the items to it's victims". Instead, he kept them for himself. Either his co-workers didn't fully understand their rules were being broken, and a policy violated, or they simply aided and abetting in the crime, by allowing him to take evidence out.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

 Shadow that is exactly my point, since when do officers make "home deliveries" to return items to victims, last I checked they had to come to the station themselves to pick it up, there is paperwork involved and signatures that must be on forms before any piece of evidence leaves the lock up, so how in the fuck do you steal a refrigerator from the lock up and people not know it?   Like you said, any officers that will see that happening would have to be either aiding and abetting in the crime, or related to Sheriff Joke ArPayaso to have a crime being commited right under their noses and not realize it, 

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

Well, that's the main gist of what "I said". 

Jason
Jason

Sounds like he ripped a page right of Deputy Chief Brian Sands' playbook when it comes to evidence... Steal it, then destroy it...... 

Eleanor
Eleanor

The lack of ethics and integrity begin at the top.  The lack of leadership of Charles Ryff, his assistants and his Commanders is doing a great disservice to the City of Tempe and its Citizens. 

The corruption flows down the chain of command and nobody seems to be able to do or want to do anything about it.

The City Manager, Charlie Meyer, has no control over the Tempe Police Chief and his thugs oops I mean his followers or whatever they call themselves.  Tom Ryff owns Charlie Meyer.Hugh Hallman and Onnie Shekerjian are friends with Tom Ryff.  Where does it end with all the corruption in the Tempe Police Department.

www.tempepolicecloset.com

Read about the Chief of Police and his connections to Gary Husk. Read about his lack of ethics as a police officer and now as chief.

Shabazzuncircumsized
Shabazzuncircumsized

Aren't you that lady who everyone always laughs at those meetings...the one with all the kids with mental retardation?

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