HPD officer arrested on theft charges
Accused of robbing undocumented Mexican immigrants
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; Houston police suspended an officer accused of robbing undocumented Mexican immigrants he stopped while on patrol in the Galleria area.
Stefan Riha, 29, was arrested while on duty Tuesday night, snared in a sting operation as part of an investigation by HPD's internal affairs division. The patrol officer, who was charged with theft by a public servant, allegedly took $1,100 from an undercover officer, a police source familiar with the investigation said.
"He would stop someone on a traffic violation, search them, and take the money ... those are the allegations,“ said the source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the inquiry. "It's not the first time he was accused. There were other complaints. There were allegations of $800 and other amounts ... it's quite a bit of money."
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