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Granger Police Officer Fired After Alleged Theft

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GRANGER, Wash - A Granger police officer has been fired after allegedly using the departments credit card for personal use. 

"It's a mistrust to the public in being a police officer," says Chief Robert Perales of the Granger Police Department.

Donald Middleton, a Granger police officer of 10 years is no longer on the force.  Middleton allegedly charged 75 dollars on the departments credit card, to fill up his own car with gas.

Chief Perales says usually the credit card will get one charge on it per day, for other officers to fill patrol cars up with gas.  When he saw more charges than usual he knew something was wrong.  He was able to confirm his suspicion through security video at a nearby Conoco gas station, he saw Middleton filling up his own car in surveillance video.

"We won't tolerate such behavior even in a police department, it doesn't matter who it is we will proceed forward with what we need to do," says Chief Perales.

Chief Perales says he expects to give the criminal investigation to the city's prosecuter by the end of the week.