Retired PPD detective charged for allegedly letting informant raid evidence locker

Philadelphia Police Department’s headquarters building at 7th and Race streets. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Police Department’s headquarters building at 7th and Race streets. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A former Philadelphia police detective who abruptly retired less than two weeks ago is now facing multiple misdemeanor charges for allegedly letting a confidential informant purloin goods from an official evidence room.

Former Detective John Logan, who until Feb. 6 was assigned to the department’s Major Crimes Auto Squad, was placed on restricted duty last year after coming under scrutiny by Internal Affairs investigators, according to Public Affairs spokesperson Eric Gripp.

Sources said Logan allegedly allowed an informant who was owed money by the department to take valuable property out of evidence in lieu of payment, including a power washer. Later, when more payments didn’t materialize, the informant reported the evidence room incident, according to sources. An arrest report lists a “confidential” witness as the source of the complaint.

Sources also said Logan’s abrupt retirement was likely an effort to avoid a formal dismissal.

The detective turned himself in at the 15th District police station on Wednesday. District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office indicated that he will face three misdemeanor charges, including tampering with public records and misapplication of government property.

At least a half dozen Philadelphia Police officers have been arrested on a variety of criminal charges in recent months.

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