A New Orleans police officer accused of stealing a watch while on a service call was previously cited for crimes two other times, court records revealed.
Desmond Shorty, 24, resigned from the police department after he was arrested for allegedly taking a $3,500 watch from a woman's purse while inside an apartment without a search warrant on a disturbance call, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Friday.
Court records show Shorty was issued a municipal summons for domestic battery in September 2008 and again in March for public intoxication, public intimidation and resisting an officer. Both of the alleged incidents occurred while he was a police recruit.
Police spokesman Bob Young said Shorty is attending a domestic violence intervention program as a result of last year's incident. He said the other charges, stemming from an incident outside of a nightclub in the city's French Quarter, were later dropped by prosecutors.