Undercover operation results in theft charge

Mike Glenn
Houston Chronicle
August 30, 2010

A wad of cash shoved into a Houston police officer’s sock led to his arrest after an undercover investigation that he had been taking money from drivers pulled over for traffic violations, officials said.

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Matthias Dornellien, 24, was charged Saturday with theft by a public servant. He was later released after posting $5,000 bond.

The investigation that led to his arrest was conducted by Houston police and the District Attorney’s Office.

“There were several complaints to HPD internal affairs division about an officer that was stealing money from people detained on traffic,” said Donna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

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