Former police officer sentenced to 3 years

By Lisa Rantala - email

Posted by Dave Dykema - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - He went from putting people behind bars to being behind bars himself.

Former Sylvania officer Carl Beckman received a 3-year sentence Thursday.

Beckman was one of the oldest officers in the Sylvania Police Department. The detective assigned to the case knew him for years, and was stunned. Why?

Because Beckman was the one who trained him.

"It's probably been one of my worst cases I've had to investigate when you have to investigate your own fellow officers," said Mike Yunker of the Sylvania Police Department.

Beckman worked court security at Sylvania Municipal Court by himself. For the last 13 years he embezzled money from the property room.

"In the past, he may have taken money out of the newer cases to pay for some of the older cases," said Yunker.

No one noticed that he stole the money seized in drug cases over time. The tally was nearly $30,000.

"We understand he is behind on some payments with some things. But he didn't live a lavish lifestyle," Yunker said. "Those in public trust have to uphold the law and do what they're sworn to do by their oath."

Now Beckman is left explaining himself to the judge after pleading guilty to theft in office.

"I want to apologize to the court and the citizens of Sylvania, the city I served for 36 years."

Beckman's attorney asked for probation, saying police officers in prison are a target to other inmates.

But the judge issued a three year sentence, showing that no one is above the law.

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