BARTOW, FL – (WFLA) – A Haines City cop’s wife couldn’t hold back the tears in court Tuesday. She spent the night in jail after being busted for swiping packages off the porch of another cop’s house.
The victims installed cameras outside their home two months ago after their car was broken into. Never did they think they would catch a cop’s wife stealing boxes with a Minnie Mouse sleeping bag and board games.
Dana Hagar was trying her best to hide from the news camera in court on Tuesday, but Friday night she didn’t show that kind of shame when cameras caught her stealing boxes left outside a neighbor’s front door. Inside the boxes was Santa’s loot meant for a Bartow cop’s two-year-old little girl.
Dani Thompson said the news brought her disgust and sadness. She heads the Central Florida LEO wives group and shared the surveillance video of the theft over the weekend hoping someone would recognize the woman – and they did.
“Overnight it had over 50,000 views,” Thompson said.
Thompson had a special interest because the victim asking for help is a cop’s wife and part of her group. The irony is Hagar, busted for the theft, is a cop’s wife, too.
“Don’t get us wrong, it’s horrible for one human being to steal from another human being,” Thompson said. “But the fact that it’s a law enforcement’s wife and they live in the same neighborhood I would assume they had an idea they were law enforcement as well, and would steal from them. We are blue line family and are so passionate about that so that was very disappointing to us,” she said.
At her first court appearance on the case, Tuesday reality seemingly started soaking in for the accused toddler toy porch pirate who a day before held a steady job.
The judge set Hagar’s bond at $7,500 for the theft charges. She will be held in jail until at least December 17th when she faces another judge for a probation violation. That’s related to a theft charge at Kohl’s department store.