A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly stealing $38 from an acquaintance in a business dispute.
Michael Winkler, 36, was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, harassment, false imprisonment and official oppression for the May 5 incident in Bristol Township, Bucks County, police said.
Police said that Winkler was on duty when he drove an unmarked city car to Newportville Road near the Neshaminy Creek to meet with two acquaintances in a car parked there. The pair later told investigators that they’d done work on one of Winkler’s properties, and they agreed to meet him in Bristol that day because he promised them money and pizzas. Instead, Winkler allegedly demanded that one of the men give him all of the money in his pockets, police said.
Winkler is a 16-year police veteran who’s assigned to the 15th District in Mayfair.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross suspended Winkler for 30 days, with the intent to dismiss.
Winkler was accused of brutality in a 2011 federal lawsuit that ended in 2013 with an undisclosed settlement.