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Deputy charged with stealing DVD after robbery

A deputy stole a DVD while responding to a convenience store robbery, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

The agency says 28-year-old Ernesto McCloud responded to a robbery last week to back up local police. Video surveillance shows him taking a DVD from the store and hiding it in his uniform. He was charged with petty theft and armed burglary.

McCloud resigned after he was arrested Friday. He was hired as a detention deputy in 2010 and became a deputy sheriff last year.

Authorities said he confessed to the theft and lamented throwing away his career for a $10 DVD.

A phone message for Ernesto McCloud could not be left Saturday because the phone appeared to be off the hook.

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