Former Warrensville Heights officer pleads guilty to stealing evidence

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Andre Harmon (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office)

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio- A former Warrensville Heights police officer pleaded guilty to stealing money and drugs from the department’s evidence room.

Andre Harmon, 54, pleaded to theft in office, drug possession and tampering with records. He will be sentenced on Dec. 14 and faces three years in prison. Harmon agreed to pay more than $41,000 in restitution to the city of Warrensville Heights, as part of his plea agreement.

“For more than two decades, Andre Harmon was a trusted public servant. Now he is no better than a common criminal and should be punished as one,” said assistant county prosecutor Edward Brydle, in a news release.

In 2013, Harmon’s roommate reported a black bag under the porch of their east side home. According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, police found evidence bags and boxes. Inside the house, they discovered money and drugs in evidence containers.

Harmon joined the Warrensville Heights Police Department in 1986 and worked as an evidence technician after his retirement.