Former officer accused of stealing $2,400 from dead man indicted on theft charges

TEXAS CITY, Texas – A former police officer was indicted for felony theft Wednesday.

Linnard Crouch, 41, turned himself in to the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at about 3:15 p.m.

A former Texas City Police Department officer, Crouch is accused of stealing more than $2,400 worth of Christmas money from James Mabe, who authorities said was dying or had just died while driving home near 4000 Loop 197.

The crime, recorded on a body camera, happened days before Christmas in 2016.

"Unfortunately, I have seen all too many times officers who take advantage of situations," said civil rights lawyer and the Mabe family lawyer Randall L. Kallinen.

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