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OHIO COOKIE HEIST IS REPREHENSIBLE, POLICE CHIEF SAYS

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Nine police officers and a dispatcher were involved in the theft of Girl Scout cookies in addition to an officer previously charged, the police chief said.

"What makes this so reprehensible is that they enforce the law. You expect them to at least obey the law," Chief Gerald Lechner said.Eight officers and a dispatcher were suspended or reprimanded. One officer resigned. Misdemeanor theft charges still could be filed, Lechner said.

Last month, officer Kenneth Hutton, 35, of Sandusky, pleaded no contest to a charge of petty theft and resigned.

About a dozen off-duty officers had been hired to deliver cookies from Sandusky to distribution points covered by the Erie Shores Girl Scout Council.

Officers who searched Hutton's home in April found eight full cases of cookies valued at $30 each and two empty cases.