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Policeman Caught Shoplifting Harry Potter Themed Items

By Robert Franklin  Dec. 14, 2010 10:10a

Several months ago, a Pittsburgh police officer attempted to steal over $300 worth of Harry Potter themed items from the Universal Orlando Resort while he was on vacation with his family. The 49-year-old officer Henry Rogowski was charged with shoplifting after an employee in the gift shop saw him shoplift photo albums, bookmarks and a keychain.

The officer admitted to stealing the items when confronted and stated that the registers were all busy and he did not want to wait. Officer Rogowski posted bail of $1,000 the following Monday. According to the Pittsburgh Police Chief, Rogowski who was a seventeen year veteran on the force was to face internal punishment. The law applies even to police officers.

Penalties for Shoplifting

In Florida, the penalties for shoplifting are as follows:


  • For values up to $100.00 (petit theft in the 2nd degree)   up to 60 days in jail
  • For values $100.00 to $299 (petit theft in the first degree) up to 364 days in jail
  • For values $ 300 to 4,999 (grand theft in the third degree) up to five years in prison


If you or someone you care about has been charged with theft in the West Palm Beach area, you need to contact a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney to help defend you. At the Law Offices of Robert Franklin, we can help. Mr. Franklin has over 30 years of experience in the courtroom which gives him a great advantage for successfully winning cases. We are caring compassionate, yet aggressive when it comes to defending our clients and we work hard to obtain the best possible outcome possible. 

Contact a West Palm Beach Shoplifting Lawyer in our office for a free case evaluation today.

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