La Plata County sherrif’s lieutenant resigns after stealing granola bars from crime scene

DURANGO, Colo. — A Colorado law enforcement officer is resigning this week after he was accused of stealing food from a crime scene.

The Durango Herald reports a homeowner who was subject to a marijuana cultivation drug bust last year brought forward surveillance video, showing La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Engle stealing granola bars.

The video prompted the sheriff’s office to conduct an internal investigation and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to launch a probe.

Christian Champagne, the Sixth Judicial District attorney, says prosecutors stopped pursuing criminal charges after Engle decided to resign.

Engle’s attorney Ryan Brungard says his client fully cooperated with investigators.

He says Engle took the granola bars because he felt they were “open for anyone to take” based on the search atmosphere and the owner’s hospitality.

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