PoliceOne Staff Report (PONTIAC, MICH.) --A janitor who used to clean the police locker room not only swept out the dirt, but also "cleaned out" guns stored in the officers' lockers, police said.
The former custodian is now facing 12 felony counts on charges of stealing handguns and ammunition clips from the lockers of off-duty police officers in the Pontiac Police Department, authorities said.
Sgt. Terry Healy told PoliceOne.com that the suspect, Walter Monroe, 47, was not only cleaning out the building, but the lawmen as well.
Since his arrest on Jan. 5, Monroe has been demoted from custodian to jailbird. Healy said the suspected larcenous clean-up man is being held in the Oakland County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Monroe's case has been bound over to the local circuit court for trial on four counts of larceny, four counts of possession of firearms in commission of a felony, larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon, Healy said. Monroe could get 20 years in the state prison, if convicted. Healy said the thefts of the guns and ammo clips occurred in October and November. Officers who had taken days off or returned from vacation returned to find their lockers had been broken into and their department-issued Glock handguns, valuables and ammo clips missing.
Lawmen said they investigated persons with access to the locker room and zeroed in on Monroe as a suspect. He worked for a private janitorial firm and was assigned to clean the building.
Healy said that Monroe had a history of convictions for drug possession and larceny and police suspect he was stealing the guns to sell them for drug money. Healy said that police had recovered all the stolen weapons.
Police said they didn't do a background check of Monroe because he worked for a private company and was not a police department employee. But police say that since Monroe's arrest, they have tightened security in the building.
However, Healy said Monroe is not all bad. He said the former janitor did a good job cleaning up after police.