A former veteran Mesa police officer accused of stealing a hunting accessory from a retail store in February is scheduled to appear for a hearing in Mesa Municipal Court on May 20 in connection to the incident.
Mark Cormier, who worked in the police department’s Homeland Security Office, resigned from the Mesa Police Department, effective April 9, according to information from Sgt. Ed Wessing, a Mesa police spokesman.
Cormier, who had worked for the department for eight years, was cited for shoplifting an item from the Sportman’s Warehouse, 4164 E. Valley Auto Drive, triggering his administrative reassignment pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the incident.
However, the internal investigation ended when Cormier resigned.
A security manager at Sportsman’s said he witnessed Cormier conceal the item from the store’s optics department, which sells merchandise such as binoculars, scopes and GPS devices, and walk out of the store without paying for it. The incident also was reviewed on video surveillance from the store and the security manager also recorded Cormier’s license plate number, police said.