DeKalb officer fired, accused of stealing from suspects

by: Sophia Choi Updated:

None - DeKalb County police fired an officer Thursday who is accused of stealing from suspects.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi was in court as Ghayth Abdul-Mughnee made his first court appearance. He waived his preliminary hearing.

Abdul-Mughnee was arrested late Wednesday for violation of oath by a public officer, a felony.

He's also accused of two misdemeanors: theft and possession of marijuana.

Choi sat down with the chief of the DeKalb County police and asked him if the department ever had complaints about the now fired officer stealing from those he arrested.

"No, none whatsoever. As a matter of a fact, he was 'Officer of the Month' in December, so we had no indication of wrongdoing on his part," Chief William O'Brien said. "He was always by himself when these occurred so it was difficult to detect that."

Abdul-Mughnee blames his live-in girlfriend, Shante White, who was arrested on Monday for simple assault, after investigators responded to a domestic call at their Lithonia home.

Thursday, another woman was by Abdul-Mughnee's side in tears. She would only tell Choi she was family as the former officer was taken back to jail in handcuffs.

Abdul-Mughnee told Choi he's willing to sit down and tell his side of the story, but the sheriff's department said they never allow jailhouse interviews.



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