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Police sergeant resigns after busted shoplifting at Hobby Lobby

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PHOENIX, Arizona — Phoenix police Sgt. Mike Gurry resigned Tuesday afternoon after workers allegedly caught him shoplifting at a North Phoenix Hobby Lobby.

Because he quit and wasn’t fired he’s still eligible to collect his pension.

Sgt. Gurry is a 29-year-veteran of the Phoenix police department.


He worked as a community action officer in the Black Mountain Precinct.

CBS 5 put in a request for Sgt. Gurry’s personnel file. We’re waiting for those records to see if he had any problems during his tenure. According to officials Sgt. Gurry wasn’t taken to jail. Instead he was cited and released.

CBS 5 went to Sgt. Gurry’s house after the arrest to try and get his side of the story but no one came to the door.

Neighbors said he lived there with his family for many years and that they had always kept to themselves.

It’s still unknown exactly what Sgt. Gurry is accused of stealing.



  • Ken

    Kleptomania. I want to know how he can keep his pension? He commits a crime that is part of his job to stop & he will get rewarded for it.

    • Erica

      I agree Ken. Why wasn’t he sent to jail??? He was shoplifting, his a$$ need to be locked up. I bet if he wasn’t on the police force he would’ve went to jail.

    • Robbie

      He worked 29 years and is eligible for his pension. If you idiots worked, paid into a 401K with matching funds from your company and walked out a few times a year with a company ink pen what’s the difference? Stealing is stealing! Bush is drawing a pension and he almost singlehandedly ruined the country so quit your whining.

      • Crushing

        I don’t give a phuck how long he worked. He committed a crime & his kracker a$$ need to pay. Of course a kracker speaking for a kracker

      • Christine

        A little bit of reading goes a long way – “The Former Presidents Act” is a 1958 federal law that provides several lifetime benefits to former presidents of the United States. To date Jimmy Carter, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush are ALL receiving benefits from this Act – btw spouses are also eligible to receive a pension (operative word is “eligible”). This Act has been revised several times since 1958. By law,ALL former presidents are entitled to a pension, staff and office expenses, medical care or health insurance, and Secret Service protection. The Secretary of the Treasury pays a taxable pension to the president. ALL former presidents receive a pension equal to the pay that the head of an executive department (Executive Level I) would be paid, as of 2014 $201,700. The pension begins immediately after a president’s departure from office. A former president’s spouse may also be paid a lifetime annual pension of $20,000 if they relinquish any other statutory pension.

      • Christine

        **side note** Take a look at what a former presidents spouse is eligible to receive – “A former president’s spouse may also be paid a lifetime annual pension of $20,000 if they relinquish any other statutory pension.” — That’s not much, considering the 2014 poverty (annual) income threshold for a 2 person family is $15,730. Kind of puts that spouses pension in perspective doesn’t it?

  • paula

    Why was he given a choice. He should went to jail like anyone else. Just. because of his postion he got off. NO it shouldn’t be that way.

    • Ken

      Paula: Going to jail isn’t the issue. The issue to me is why should someone who commits a crime that they are suppose to prevent get a pension. To Robbie:There is a difference between a 401-k & a pension.

      • leigh

        going to jail is an issue tell that to the millions of men and women sitting in jail for 5yrs plus for stealing less than 100 bucks worth of items and he gets a slap on the wrist because he’s the law .. the same law that made a pledge to up hold the law atleast the folks that went to jail didnt make a pledge.

  • Just thinking

    We don’t know the whole story. He could of had a candy bar in his hand and forgot about it and walked out give him a break almost 30 years in a field I know I would not want to be in. Stop judging someone without the facts. Should not of been a story to began with. We all make mistakes, I know some are saying if you have it in you hand how do you forget. Mothers do it every day, we open packages to feed our kids or open something to drink. Yes we pay for it but we still open it. People are so busy and stressed out it’s like our brains shut down for a moment. So don’t be so hateful to others. Lets get the whole story.
    And to the rest of you have a great day.

    • sue

      Yeah @just thinking, would you be interested in buying a bridge in the Brooklyn area? Quitting a job for a candy bar mistake? There is none so blind as he that will not see.

  • Luv Life!

    The man knew what he was doing….he shoplifted! He did that intentionally! I know when I go to the store and pick out items, I WILL pay for them! This world is bad enough and no one has a right to make it worse!

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