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.


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.