Ernesto McCloud Florida police officer stole a $10 movie at a crime scene


Deputy sheriff Ernesto McCloud resigns after stealing a DVD from crime scene in Polk County

A Florida police officer jeopardized his career for a $10 movie he stole at a crime scene, his department said.

Ernesto McCloud, a Polk County sheriff’s deputy, resigned after he was charged with petty theft and armed burglary after surveillance footage caught him taking a DVD and sticking it into his shirt while he was supposed to investigate a burglary at a convenience store, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

“Ernesto McCloud said it best himself: He threw away a career for a $10 DVD,” Sheriff Grady Judd told the newspaper.

The 28-year-old was at the store on Nov. 6 to assist in the investigation. As he picked up some items on the floor he grabbed a DVD, which authorities did not identify, and tucked it into his shirt, police said. The theft was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

He allegedly explained to authorities he grabbed the DVD because he had not seen that particular movie, the newspaper reported.

McCloud became a deputy sheriff in May 2013 after spending three years as a Polk County detention deputy, the newspaper reported.