ELKHART — An Elkhart police officer has received a one-day suspension for allowing a civilian to take a stroller from another person’s residence.
According to an internal investigation, Patrolman Breann Hall was called to the 2100 block of Ash Maple Lane on July 4. After making contact with the caller, Hall was told that four cats and a dog had been left unattended inside an apartment for one day or more. Hall noted that animal urine and feces could be smelled from outside the apartment.
The maintenance worker for the complex later unlocked the apartment, and Hall entered, allowing the maintenance worker and the caller to follow. Hall verified that the animals were safe but allowed the caller to take the dog outside to give it food and water. The Elkhart County Humane Society was called but did not respond.
While Hall was checking the apartment, she allowed the maintenance worker and caller to walk around the apartment. The caller then found a stroller and said it belonged to her. The maintenance worker said he had seen the caller walking with the stroller in the past. Hall then allowed the caller to take the stroller.
The next day, officers were called to the same apartment as the resident wanted to file a burglary report. The victim reported cash and a stroller to be missing but did not wish to file a report for the missing stroller.
During the investigation of the burglary, it was discovered that Hall, the maintenance worker and the caller had been inside the apartment at the time of the burglary. An internal investigation using footage from Hall’s body camera found she did not remove the stroller or the cash.
The burglary victim has since stopped cooperating with the police, according to Police Chief Chris Snyder.
Hall’s punishment is a one-day suspension without pay.
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