by: Jodie Fleischer Updated:
DECATUR, Ga. - When Officer Anthony Robinson was caught on tape stealing cash and lottery tickets, his sentence said he could no longer be a police officer.
"We had no idea. Scary. isn't it?" said Ken Vance, director of the Georgia's Peace Officer Standards and Training
The DeKalb County Police Department fired Robinson in September 2008, right after his arrest for theft and violation of his oath. The department was supposed to have notified POST, the state agency that certifies officers.
DeKalb Police Chief William O'Brien told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer it must have slipped through the cracks under the old administration.
"The danger in that is he could go somewhere and get a job, and if they don't do a thorough background
Robinson and other officers were serving a search warrant at a Citgo Food Store on Moreland Avenue when the store's surveillance camera captured the theft. At one
"It makes you wish you were standing there to put the handcuffs on him right
But Vance didn't see the video until just last
Under POST rules, Robinson should have reported his own arrest within 15 days.
"Trust is the flaw in the system," said Vance.
The DeKalb Police Department also should have notified POST of when and why Robinson was terminated.
In 2009, Robinson pleaded guilty, and records show he received three years of
By phone, the former officer said he had no idea he was still
"Nobody thought to notify POST," said Vance, adding, "The thing that bothers me is you pass on a problem, and the more they pass on a
A new state law now requires the arresting agency to also notify
"We're trying to simplify
He said the only problem with the law is there's no punishment for agencies or officers