Theft Warrant On Ex-Officer

A retired police officer on diversion for felony theft faces that charge again.

Last November Fact Finders first showed us video of Michael Retzlaff stealing more than seven thousand dollars from a Sarpy county convenience store where he worked.

After his arrest Retzlaff received supervised diversion that included addiction treatment and frequent drug and alcohol tests. He agreed to make restitution in exchange for dismissal of the charges.

But tonight there's a warrant for his arrest. Retzlaff- a retired Ralston sergeant and brief Ashland officer was given diversion in Sarpy County for the first theft but now a suspect in a second in Omaha. A cigarette store owner has video he says shows Retzlaff stealing store money. Retzlaff had worked there up until Monday morning

The store owner says he's shocked to see theft video because he paid someone to run a background check. It came back Retzlaff had no convictions, he was on diversion. Now the store owner wishes he had asked about arrests.

The job application only showed Retzlaff had been a veteran police officer so the store owner who asked not to be identified trusted him with the combinations.
The store owner says, "He took every single penny that's in my store and he put it in that bag."

The weekend receipts hadn't gone to the bank. Cash in plastic bags taken from a hidden strong box. The rest from the office safe. Retzlaff scheduled to open the store walks out taking an estimated nine thousand dollars from the small Millard smoke and snack shop
The.store owner says, " Now I got to try and figure out how I’m going to make payroll. How am I going to pay my vendors for a week.
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A family friend says Retzlaff suffers chronic alcohol and gambling problems. A combination that led him to open safes and steal again even after getting a second chance.

Sources tell Fact Finders that Retzlaff has been hospitalized. A felony warrant has been issued and the Sarpy county attorney says he'll seek a high bond. No word on what happened to the money from either case that totals sixteen thousand dollars.


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