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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Veteran Cleveland Police Sergeant Indicted for Theft

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

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Sergeant Dean Graziolli, a 22-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, was indicted this week “for stealing from the public by claiming to be at work when he was not,” County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced on Monday. “Sgt. was using city patrol car, city gas and city time to leave his territory for personal us (sic)” the prosecutor’s complaint summary says.

The arrest is directly attributable to 19 Action News reporter Carl Monday, whose “undercover” hidden-camera piece aired one year ago documented 14 times that the 47-year-old Graziolli headed home across town early into his shifts, staying there for hours before returning back to the station to pick up his off-duty car. They got him taking out his garbage. A neighbor gave them pictures of him moving furniture into his house during his shift.

“Fourth District police headquarters, the city’s busiest police station, on the East Side, in the heart of Cleveland’s most crime-ridden neighborhood,” begins Monday in his piece that aired Feb 28, 2013 (see video below), “so why is this police cruiser, in the middle of the day, parked in the driveway of a West Side home in the middle of the the Second District nearly nine miles away?”

Dubbed “Sergeant Stay-At-Home” in the station’s stories, the officer’s duty reports said he was monitoring police dispatch calls during those times.

Last March, the prosecutor’s office confirmed to 19 Action News that Graziolli was under investigation, and that the prosecutor would review their footage. The police department told them the “Police Public Integrity Unit” was “looking into possible departmental charges.”

And now, nearly a year later, Graziolli was indicted on eight felony counts of tampering with records, and one count each of felony theft, felony theft in office, and misdemeanor dereliction of duty.

“The indictment focuses on eight days between October 14 and November 1, 2012, when Graziolli claimed on his pay records to have been working in the Fourth District,” Monday’s press release reads. Cell phone records show he was not in the Fourth District for much of the day. Video from a local television reporter and pictures taken by a neighbor of Graziolli’s confirm that he was not at his assigned post on the days in question.”

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