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Officials in Longmont, Colorado, have agreed to pay nearly $1,600 in toll bills sent to Debra Romero that were actually accrued by a city police officer driving a car with her stolen license plate. Several years ago, Romero sold her car but kept the license plate. She said the tag was later stolen from them and recovered by Longmont police. The couple told police they didn't need the tag any more. Cops told them it would be destroyed. Instead, acting sergeant Stephen Schulz, who is also president of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, placed the tag on an unmarked take-home vehicle the department issued to him. The police department declined to comment on the case, calling it a personnel issue.

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  1. [Mayor Brian] Bagley said the sergeant was investigated and has been cleared. He called the incident an unfortunate mistake.

    “It was an accident, and the system needs to change. But it’s unfortunate it cast this sergeant in a bad light,” Bagley said.

    It’s not fair to paint the police officer committing numerous crimes and offenses – which caused the victim to lose use of her current automobile – and who omitted the fact that he was the perpetrator when promising the victim to investigate in a bad fucking light.

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  2. Should’t this be:
    “Longmont, Colorado sergeant Stephen Shultz steals $1600 from city for tolls he racked up with stolen license plate.”

    1. That would put the Sargent in a bad light.

    2. According to local news stories, the tolls were incurred on E-470, which does not run through Longmont. While I could understand a certain amount of official business requiring a city car to make an occasional trip on E-470, a four figure bill for official city business is almost incomprehensible. It makes me think that he was driving the car home using the tollway and that the city ended up paying for it.

      I’d also be very interested in this “mistake” that the mayor’s office talked about. Unless a guy at the city maintenance garage pulled a plate out of the wrong pile of plates, which would seem to be impossible considering that a registration would have to go along with the plate and you would think that they would check.

      The article seems to imply that Schulz is the president of the statewide FOP. He is the president of the Longmont “lodge” for the FOP, i.e. head of that one department’s union.

      1. While I could understand a certain amount of official business requiring a city car to make an occasional trip on E-470

        I have no idea what that would be. E-470 doesn’t even run through Boulder County and isn’t anywhere close to Longmont.

        1. Running his out of town buddies from the airport to Top Golf was probably just some bennies of the union he was running…and sticking the bill to someone else.

      2. $1,600 sounds large, but it was accrued over years, plural, probably with substantial penalties each time. If it’s just on his way home, that isn’t implausible.

        I know that at one time, the Houston Toll Roads charged a “convenience” fee of $20 in addition to any tolls if you take an automated toll road without a tag. It wouldn’t take long of daily use to rack up above $1,600.

      3. “Schulz is … the president of the Longmont “lodge” for the FOP.”

        In other words, the city unwisely signed a contract with a criminal organization, which used that contract to protect it’s _Capo_ for the city.

  3. Instead, acting sergeant Stephen Schulz, who is also president of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, placed the tag on an unmarked take-home vehicle the department issued to him.

    When asked about the license plate Sergeant Shulz replied:
    ‘I know nothing, nothing.’

  4. I could totally see accidentally putting a stolen license plate on my vehicle and then accidentally driving through toll lanes with it multiple times, it’s an accident that could happen to anybody.

    1. I wonder if this boob even lives in Longmont. The only toll roads in the general area are E-470, the HOV lane on the Boulder Turnpike, and the Northwest Parkway in Broomfield. These are all at least ten miles away from the city limits–none of them actually go through or even close to the city itself even at their northernmost junctures. Which means this asshole was driving around on toll roads in his off-duty time with a stolen license plate.

      1. Probably banging a hottie on city time.

  5. What would happen to a “civilian” who did this?

  6. A theft resulting in $1600 of fines isn’t a felony? That officer should now be making license plates.

    1. Alas, since it wasn’t all at once, it’s probably a compilation of misdemeanors.

    2. Using a known-to-be-stolen license plate probably is. Since he benefitted from the use of the plate, add receiving stolen property to the charges that will never come.

  7. A state trooper did something similar around here. Stole someone’s plates and then got the person into lots of trouble. Nothing else happened.

    1. You forgot to blame Trump, and act like scrambled egg brain Joe.

  8. >>sergeant … Schulz

    c’mon. he knows nothing.

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