Retired LA Police Officers Charged For Impound Theft

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two retired Los Angeles police officers were charged on Wednesday with stealing electronics, tools and other items from a privately operated police impound yard where they worked as security guards.

Retired Officers Forrest Gene Ferone, 65, and Charles Ronnie Evans, 59, were arrested Tuesday along with a third security guard, 52-year-old Georgann Bruce. They were each charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft and released on $20,000 bond, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

They were scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 3.

According to prosecutors, the three rummaged through the interiors and trunks of vehicles that were parked at Archer’s Tow, which was holding the vehicles until they were sold at auction.

Under the tow yard’s contract with the city, nothing was supposed to be removed from the vehicles unless it was done for safekeeping and under specified procedures, prosecutors said.

The trio allegedly took items including electronics, sunglasses, tools and loose change from hundreds of vehicles.

All three could face up to three years in prison.

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