Pittsburgh police detective charged with stealing envelope of cash

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PITTSBURGH - Channel 11’s Alan Jennings has confirmed via a criminal complaint that a Pittsburgh police detective is facing theft charges after he was seen on surveillance video taking an envelope with $220 in cash from the counter of a North Side store.

According to the complaint, authorities were called to the 7-Eleven on Western Avenue around 5 p.m. Tuesday for the report of stolen cash.

A customer told detectives that they mistakenly left an envelope with $220 in cash on the counter. When they returned to retrieve it, it was gone.

Employees of the store watched the surveillance footage and saw someone take the envelope.

Detectives who reviewed the tape recognized 40-year-old Michael Reddy, a Pittsburgh police detective.

The complaint said police called Reddy to police headquarters. Reddy asked if it was about the envelope, which he removed from his jacket pocket. He told officers he “didn't know what to do with it, I was going to take it to Zone 1 or something,” according to the complaint.

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Reddy was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Reddy, who has worked for the city since 2003, according to a city employee roster, has not commented on the case.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.