Wauwatosa police detective accused of stealing narcotics pleads not guilty
WAUWATOSA -- Police detective Robin Schumacher made her initial court appearance today, and has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of drug possession, misconduct, and theft despite being caught on surveillance video stealing drugs on six different occasions.
Wauwatosa Property Clerk Karen Roy noticed a substantial amount of drugs missing from the "Burn bin," a box of drugs that the department disposes that no longer have any evidentiary value. After conducting an internal investigation, the Wauwatosa Police Department reviewed video surveillance of Robin Schumacher entering the building, at times when she was not scheduled to be there.
According to the complaint, computer records indicate the evidence room was opened with a standard key within minutes of Schumacher entering the building on six different occasions between June 11, 2013 and July 11, 2013. Schumacher was not issued an authorized access to key to the evidence room.
More than once, Schumacher was caught on surveillance leaving the police building with a container, including one time with what appeared to be the Burn bin, going to her vehicle, and then returning to the police building.
On July 16, 2013, Wauwatosa police set up video surveillance inside the evidence room. At 9:25 a.m. Schumacher entered the evidence room using a key issued to an evidence technician. She entered the room with several plastic grocery bags and left the room two minutes later. According to the complaint, Schumacher was caught on video at her desk, removing items from the bags, which was later to be identified as a variety of pills. She placed some of the pills in her pockets, including one pill of Oxycodone, and the rest in a bag under her desk.
The following drugs were stolen from the bin and found in Schumacher's possession: Diazepam, Cymbalta, Hydrocodone, and Lorazepam among others.
Schumacher admitted to entering the evidence room on July 16 and to entering the evidence room on other occasions to look for drugs.
Schumacher remains free on a personal recogniscance bond and awaits her preliminary hearing on August 2nd. If she is found guilty of all charges she faces up to 7 years and 9 months in prison.