DEA theft charges dropped against former HPD officer

Christopher Carlson claims stolen items were dropped at his house to be returned

 UPDATED 11:45 AM HST Aug 26, 2013
HONOLULU -

Federal prosecutors have dismissed a case against a former Honolulu Police Department officer arrested on charges that he stole U.S. government property from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent's vehicle.
    
The dismissal order for Christopher Carlson was filed last week.
    
Assistant U.S. Attorney Beverly Sameshima declined to comment Monday. The order is filed without prejudice, allowing prosecutors to pursue charges in the future.
    
According to a criminal complaint by the DEA special agent whose items were stolen, items including two bulletproof vests, DEA patches and a DEA dashboard placard were found during a search of Carlson's home.
    
Defense attorney Megan Kau says someone dropped the stolen items off at Carlson's house and he was planning to return them.

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