A former Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer, Alexander Rodriguez, was ordered Jan. 10 to perform 40 hours of community service and placed on six months of probation for stealing $962 in money orders from a woman who was under arrest, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Rodriguez, 33, pled guilty in November 2013 to a charge of second-degree theft. He was sentenced by Judge John McCabe to 90 days in jail, but the judge suspended the jail time provided that Rodriguez successfully completes a six-month term of probation.
As a condition of his plea agreement, Rodriguez, who had worked for more than five years for MPD, resigned his position. He also paid the victim $1,200 in restitution, covering the value of the two money orders and related costs and the dollar equivalent of a day of lost pay for which she was not compensated by her employer.
According to evidence, on July 4, 2013, at about 2:30 a.m., Rodriguez responded to the area of Benning Road and Southern Avenue SE to investigate a traffic accident involving the woman. After she was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, Rodriguez took possession of her purse, which contained two money orders. While at the Sixth District police station, he searched the woman’s purse and found a loaded handgun. He listed several items, including credit cards, a phone, $2.01 and a driver’s license. However, he did not list the money orders.
After the woman’s release from jail, she returned to the Sixth District to retrieve her property. She found that the two money orders were missing and traced them through Western Union. The money orders were cashed by Rodriguez in Alexandria, Va..