A Broward sheriff’s deputy finds himself suspended without pay and facing a felony charge after being accused of shoplifting everyday household items from two WalMarts in Coral Springs, according to records obtained Friday by the Sun Sentinel.
Surveillance video shows Deputy Dean Korenic, 46, shoplifting on seven occasions, investigators say. He was in uniform one of the times and drove away with his stolen goods in a marked patrol car three other times, records show.
A 14-year veteran of the agency, Korenic was arrested Tuesday and spent a night in jail before posting $3,500 bond on a felony charge of scheme to defraud/obtain property under $20,000, records show.
“In review of the video … the theft was apparent and intentional,” an affidavit said. “The thefts were committed both in and out of BSO uniform.” Sheriff’s officials would not provide the videos to the Sun Sentinel Friday.
Korenic, of Margate, was suspended without pay Tuesday. He makes $72,735. Korenic was initially suspended with pay when he was first advised of the investigation on June 6.
On the deputy’s alleged shopping list: Cool Water cologne, Jergens lotion, papertowels, disposable razors, detergent, syrup, toothpaste, bar soap, a canister of Maxwell House coffee and a carton of eggs.
“It’s discouraging to see and read and hear about,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “He disgraced the badge, but at this time I choose to focus on the men and women in our public corruption unit whose job it is to investigate deputies who don’t do everything the right way. They got right to it, they investigated it thoroughly. We’re not going to tolerate police misconduct and deputies committing illegal acts.”
Despite four voicemail messages left on Korenic’s home and cellphones, he could not be reached for comment. It was unclear if he had an attorney. The police union generally doesn’t provide lawyers for law enforcement charged with crimes not associated with their jobs.
Although each alleged theft was for minor amounts — $34.13 on May 13, $49.54 on May 27 and $7.27 on June 16 — all totaled the scheme adds up to a 3rd-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The deputy had a system, according to an affidavit in support of his arrest warrant.
He would do his shopping, go to a self-checkout and scan some items but not all. Korenic would slip the unscanned items into his shopping bag and leave the store, the affidavit said.
The first alleged theft was committed May 13 at a WalMart located at 6001 Coral Ridge Drive. When Korenic struck there again on May 23 he was wearing “a BSO patrolman’s green short sleeve Class B uniform,” the affidavit said.
When Korenic returned June 3 he was dressed in “civilian attire” but drove his marked cruiser. His final shoplifting spree at that store was June 18, records show.
Two of the three times Korenic stole from a WalMart at 3801 Turtle Creek Drive he left in his patrol car. He wore street clothes each time — May 27, June 5 and June 16, the affidavit said.
Store security picked up on Korenic on June 3 when he was seen concealing a bottle of cologne in a pair of grey slippers. A loss-prevention officer followed him to the parking lot and saw him get into a patrol car. The officer took down the plate and car numbers, records show.
A loss-prevention manager next performed an audit of the debit card Korenic used and came up with numerous transactions which helped investigators identify Korenic’s other alleged thefts.
“Korenic was readily identified via video, his tattoos and by the use of his personal Chase debit card,” Detective Joshua Web wrote in the affidavit.
The videos could not be released Friday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said, because the detective working the case had them and would not return to the office until Monday.
Investigators on June 6 picked up Korenic from an off-duty detail at the central terminal for Broward County Transit in downtown Fort Lauderdale and took him to the sheriff’s internal affairs office.
While Korenic was advised of the investigation and suspended with pay, detectives searched the trunk of his patrol car. There they found a pair of gray slippers in a WalMart bag. And in the driver’s door pocket was 2-ounce bottle of Jergens lotion.
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