A policeman was fired after taking two packages of Jaffa Cakes from a charity stall without paying a heavy price.
PC Chris Dwyer paid 10 pence for the confectionery and then claimed he paid the correct amount of £ 1.
The West Yorkshire officer, 51, then changed his story and said he did not remember the coins he placed in the charity box at Halifax Police Station.
Dwyer was immediately fired Thursday after a hearing found him guilty of serious misconduct and said his behavior was “dishonest and criminal in nature.”
Akbar Khan, who chaired the misconduct panel, said Dwyer’s actions were a “breach of trust” and had “brought the police and the service into disrepute.”
He said: “The officer is solely responsible for his own conduct, which was dishonest and criminal in nature. The nature of his dishonesty was linked to the underpayment of items the proceeds of which were to support a charity of which he was fully aware. “
Dwyer, who spent almost 25 years in the Navy before joining West Yorkshire Police in 2017, said any underpayment was a “real mistake”.
The hearing heard that colleagues had raised concerns that the agent had underpaid the chocolate and, upon further investigation, they found that working capital had only increased by 10 pence.
Dwyer initially claimed he put five 20 pence coins in the tin can, but later said he could not remember the “exact denomination”. Another officer present said she only “heard the sound of a coin” when he dropped it into the box.
The officer walked out of the police station after the allegation was formally presented to him and “had an emotional breakdown” which was followed by a work stoppage, the hearing was learned.
DS Mark Long, West Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Branch, said: “This officer’s actions do not match the values of the organization and he was dishonest when challenged. An independent and legally qualified chairman concluded that his breach of professional standards constituted serious misconduct and he was removed from his post.