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Theft case against former HPD officer dismissed

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:42 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2013

Federal prosecutors have dismissed a case against a former Honolulu Police Department officer arrested on charges that he stole U.S. government property from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent's vehicle.

The dismissal order for Christopher Carlson was filed last week.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Beverly Sameshima declined to comment today. The order is filed without prejudice, allowing prosecutors to pursue charges in the future.

Carlson was arrested in June after a DEA special agent said in a criminal complaint filed in court that he noticed his official government vehicle was burglarized and stolen items included a bulletproof vest with DEA patches, a police emergency visor light, binoculars and a DEA dashboard placard. The agent said he learned from a confidential source that the stolen items were at the Pearl City home of a former Honolulu policeman.

Items including two bulletproof vests, DEA patches and a DEA dashboard placard were found during a search of Carlson's home.

Carlson was a 15-year veteran of the HPD who resigned after a 2008 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The case was problematic in part because the investigating agent was the victim, defense attorney Megan Kau said. If the case had gone to trial, he wouldn't have been a credible witness, she said.

"They also needed to prove that Chris Carlson had the intent of converting those DEA items for his own use," she said.

Carlson claimed someone dropped the stolen items off at his home and that he got arrested before he could return them, Kau said.

Carlson was released after posting $10,000 after his arrest, but he violated terms of his release when his urine tested positive twice for crystal methamphetamine, Kau said. The violation landed him in the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

Records show he was released Friday, four days after the dismissal was ordered, said Chris Burke, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous wrote:
something doesn't sound pono. carlson must be providing insider information...
on August 26,2013 | 11:53AM
lwandcah wrote:
How convenient
on August 26,2013 | 12:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
Typical HPD. No accountability.
on August 26,2013 | 01:17PM
koki wrote:
Did you not read the article? he resigned in 2008 after being convicted for OVUII. Former police officer!
on August 26,2013 | 03:27PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Wow!!! Anyone need more information to see that our criminal justice system is broken? Aren't victims usually one of the witnesses in a trial? Why would you need to prove that Carlson was intending to convert the stolen property for his own use? If it's stolen and he has it, isn't that enough? So now that he's tested positive for a banned substance, does he get off because the original charges were dropped? Awe, no wonder there are so many crimnals walking the street.
on August 26,2013 | 01:52PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sounds like more federal agents using illegal techniques in catching criminals. Remember people, federal officers are no more honest or truthful then any other college grad.
on August 26,2013 | 03:00PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
What was illegal about finding out that the stuff that was stolen out of your car was at some guys house, the going there, finding your stuff, and arresting him?

That's a serious question. Do know more about the case than wadis this story? It sounded pretty blacks and white to me.

on August 27,2013 | 05:22AM
joseph007 wrote:
Sounds like law "enforcement" circles the wagons too. Have to "prove intent to converting the DEA items for his own use"?????? with everyone else (not law enforcement people), stealing is the crime. this is why people thing the so called law enforcement have 2 rules, us and them.....
on August 27,2013 | 08:20AM
cojef wrote:
Wacky story, couldn't believe what was the theme?? Yes, er, no, yes, no crime committed, yet item found in custody of another brother law enforcement agency.?? Strange??
on August 27,2013 | 08:45AM
Bully wrote:
The DEA sound just as bad as HPD.
on August 27,2013 | 11:33AM
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