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New Jersey state trooper caught shoplifting at Cabela's near Hamburg, police say

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 02:31:12 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 04 2014 05:00:40 AM CST

A New Jersey State Police trooper asked an officer not to arrest him on shoplifting charges by mentioning he worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's security detail, police said.

TILDEN TWP., Pa. -

A New Jersey State Police trooper asked an officer not to arrest him on shoplifting charges by mentioning he worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's security detail, police said.

An attorney for William Carvounis confirmed the trooper has worked on Christie's security detail but denied he asked for special treatment.

He also denied that Carvounis shoplifted items from the outdoor retailer Cabela's in Tilden Twp., Berks Co., near Hamburg, on Jan. 8.

Chief William McEllroy, Tilden Twp. Police Dept., told The Associated Press, "That is absolutely what occurred." McEllroy told 69 News that charges against Carvounis was filed Jan. 9.

Carvounis, 35, of North Brunswick, N.J., asked repeatedly for a break on charges involving merchandise worth about $268, saying he didn't want to lose his job, police said.