VACAVILLE (CBS SF) – A California Highway Patrol officer has been arrested on suspicion of stealing an Xbox gaming system and other electronic merchandise from a Target store inVacaville, police Sgt. Jeff King said.

Shawn Hammonds, 36, of Vacaville, allegedly stole the game system around 4 p.m. Monday, King said.

Target employees told police it was the fourth time Hammonds had stolen property from the store at 3000 Harbison Drive, King said. The value of the stolen merchandise is $1,359.53, King said.

It is believed that Hammonds sold the merchandise over the Internet, King said.

“Unfortunately, these types of crimes and investigations are not uncommon for law enforcement. What is uncommon in this case is that Hammonds is employed as an officer with the California Highway Patrol,” King said.

The CHP did not immediately return a call for comment.

King said a witness provided the theft suspect’s license plate number on Monday, and Hammonds was arrested after police pulled over his car, King said.

Hammonds was booked into Solano County Jail on four counts of commercial burglary. He was later released after posting $30,000 bail, King said.

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Comments (21)
  1. Jason says:

    This just shows how tough times are no adays is the 6th cop arrested in the past 4 months. The cops in San Ramon/Danville, CNET, Stockton and now CHP. Times are tough and a cop’s job is so very stressful. i hope the citizens out there have a heart and not judge these guys until the full story comes out. Its very easy to become so stressed that you make poor decisions. I wish this officer all the luck and we will pray for your family.

    1. maymoon says:

      Yes, times are tough and peole are all having difficulties. But a police officer is there to uphold the law not to break it. Cops in general are turning into crooks and that is sad. I guess having to deal with criminals teaches them how to be criminals. My personal experience, the biggest liars, the most racist and the most arrogant people I have ever met happened to be officers of law. SFPD should take a hard look at the officers. Drug and alcohol addiction is rampant amongst these officers

    2. DaPoPoMan says:

      Umm, this guy burglarized this store on four different occasions. He has been off duty on a worker’s comp claim. It is clowns like this that give the rest of us a bad name. Throw the book at him and be done with. I really hope it was worth it to this clown to lose his job and career for $1,359.53!

    3. Scott says:

      Sorry there, Jason. I have been a cop for over 30 years and have been there, seen it all, felt & feel the strees… So no excuse for criminal activity by peace officers – PERIOD! They will be judged in a court of law and do have the Due Process availed to them too. For the public to be upset about hearing that a police officer has been caught burglarizing a store, well, they deserve to be upse!
      We, cops, are and shall be held to the higher standard.

    4. Gene says:

      I hope I never become as stupid as you obviously are.

  2. Lee says:

    don’t make excuses for this bum, he violated his oath to uphold the law of the land and no “full story” can make this right by any means… and your “bs” of how times are tough don’t apply to the police, no matter how tough sh!t gets, their still working gett ing a check and building on their pension….go blow smoke up someone else’s ass with that pathetic post Jason

    1. John says:

      Lee, you took the words right out of my mouth! Amen! Cop or not..Its still wrong any way you put it.If anything, he should be setting an example and not embarassing the CHP and other local law encforcemnet agencies…SMH

  3. AndresIniesta says:

    I agree let’s not judge them, set them all free, they will mend their ways.

  4. spatula says:

    When I get stressed out, I go for a run… I don’t go steal an Xbox.

    1. Lynn says:

      When I’m stressed, I get laid.

  5. Lan Nguyen says:

    Bad Cop , GO TO PRISON.

  6. BZZZ says:

    Thanks 4 keeping it real Lee, stress my ass, when you have a State job in this day and age, and your a cop to boot, hes just a theif and should be treated as such, i mean he left a paper trail of previous thefts, so whos judgeing, he swore to uphold the law, not abuse his power by thinking he could get away with what he got jacked 4….

  7. Muhammed says:

    “10% of cops are totally dishonest; 10% of cops are totally honest; and the other 80% wish they were honest.”

    NYPD Det (ret) Frank Serpico to the Knapp Commission on Police Corruption

  8. Ken Riley says:

    @DaPoPoMan says:
    There you go again, talking as though you’re an officer. Too many people have written about you and your constant ramblings about being an officer. You’ve been exposed by your personal friends on this website by your lack of knowledge of enforcement codes, protocol and your tirade of “I’m a cop, I’m a cop, I’m a cop.”
    If you say it enough, I suppose you start believing it. Your friend Dieter wrote last month, “The Gig is up.” Your other friend Balsamo wrote about you working at Sun Valley Mall as a Security Guard.

    1. DaPoPoMan says:

      First off, I have no idea who these fools are who claim I work at Sun Valley Mall. I am a sworn officer working and have been for twenty years. Please show me something about my lack of knowledge. These people are trying to discredit me as a group, so feel free to post what you like. I know where my paycheck comes from and when I retire in 10 years, I know where my pension will come from. You all have taken a dislike to me apparently because you are flaming cop haters. I am not going to tell you where I work as that would be plain stupid. So say what you will. I can destroy any argument you like about procedure or protocol. You can feel free to post whatever you want about me personally because you have absolutely no idea if I just an officer or a command officer. Have fun there Ken Riley.

  9. JK says:

    what i do not understand is, if this guy has been taking stuffs from the store before, why the store waited this time to make the report of his behavior?

  10. Peter C says:

    Multiple Personality Disorder
    Multiple personality disorder, or MPD, is a mental disturbance classified as one of the dissociative disorders in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). It has been renamed dissociative identity disorder (DID). MPD or DID is defined as a condition in which “two or more distinct identities or personality states” alternate in controlling the patient’s consciousness and behavior. Note: “Split personality” is not an accurate term for DID and should not be used as a synonym for schizophrenia.

  11. Mike says:

    I am just glad this joker was caught..there is nothing worse than a dirty cop. What I don’t like though is how some officers seem to walk around with a chip on their shoulder as if they or other’s they work with aren’t capable of this kind of behavior.

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