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Former St. Louis officer accused of theft

March 15, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer is facing both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit accusing him of, while off-duty, illegally searching a man and stealing about $200 from him.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Kevin Baroni was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor kidnapping and stealing. The alleged victim, Richard E. Brown, filed suit in February. Neither the charges nor the suit were previously made public.

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Baroni’s attorney, Brian Millikan, said Baroni was an undercover narcotics detective who saw what he thought to be a drug transaction on Nov. 5, 2019, leading to the encounter.

Brown told police he was at a Dollar General store and purchased items, then put his cash back into his backpack. He left and noticed he was being followed by a maroon van.

Charging documents say the van followed Brown to an alley where Baroni got out and identified himself as an undercover detective. During that encounter he allegedly took $200 from the backpack.

Charging documents say Baroni never radioed the stop in to supervisors or wrote a report about it.