Retired Cop Accused Of Theft

A startling theft in Sarpy County. Our investigation found the suspect spent decades on the right side of the law. Now he's on tape stealing thousands.

For 25 years retired Ralston police Sgt. Mike Retzlaff tracked criminals now he's a wanted man accused of stealing about eight thousand dollars from a convenience store that just hired him as a cashier. Morgan Kirby the store manager says, " Being a retired police officer I would never had suspected him to do anything like that."

Two o’clock on a Monday morning Retzlaff gets a key stuck in the back door. So he goes to the front of the pump and pantry at highway 370 and i-80. Inside Retzlaff grabs money pouches he was supposed to hand off to an armored car guard the day before. Instead he drives off with the cash.

He forgot to come to the back door where the key had been stuck. The next day the manager found something like this. On the key ring the man's apartment key and key to handcuffs.

It appears Retzlaff hasn't been back to his apartment in Ashland, Nebraska where he worked as a police officer before recently quitting and taking the cashiers job.

Store manager.Morgan Kirby says, "This gentleman broke the trust, it was just very shocking for all of us."

Three years ago Retzlaff retired from the Ralston force after facing disciplinary action for playing computer games on duty. Today a relative says Retzlaff suffers alcohol and gambling addictions and will turn himself in after treatment. But how the former officer treated his latest job is considered criminal.Morgan Kirby says, "What does this kind of theft really get you in the end. Its not going to get you far."

Deputies believe Michael Retzlaff checked him into an addiction
Treatment center near Tulsa. Oklahoma authorities have been notified of the felony warrant.

But a relative says Retzlaff will do the right thing.


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