Detroit officer accused of stealing from recovery vehicle and misconduct

Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 18:28:01-04

A Detroit police officer has been charged with larceny from a motor vehicle and misconduct in the office. 

Forty-year-old Michael Merritt was arraigned Friday. 

Detroit police say Merritt was being surveillance by their integrity unit, when they observed him steal from a recovery vehicle at the station. 

Chief James Craig would not say what Merritt was being investigated for. 

“It's always tragic when an officer makes a decision to violate the oath of office. It's tragic when you think it's a right to wear this badge, it's a privilege and an honor. He obviously forgot who he works for, he works for the people,” Craig says. 

Merritt was placed on a $25,000 personal bond, he has been suspended from the department.