Apparently bored driving up and down the same old strip, officer Barry Halpern of Irvington, New Jersey decided that hijacking random items from impounded vehicle was the new way to show the kids he was hip. In collusion with MTS Towing owner Mark Minett, Halpern is accused of pulling out the five-finger discount coupon on CDs, tools, laptop computers and cash conveyances held at the MTS yard. The pair faces third-degree theft charges with sentences as harsh as a decade for Halpern and five years for Minett. Remember, officers. You can make crime pay some of the time, but petty theft involving tow companies? Aim higher, gents. Roll some drug dealers. At least the sleaze factor is lower.

New Jersey: Cop Arrested for Stealing from Seized Cars [TheNewspaper]

One More Reason to Hate Tow Yards [Internal]