Mesa officer allegedly shoplifts from sports superstore

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Mesa Officer Mark Cormier is accused of shoplifting from a sports superstore. By Alicia Barron Mesa Officer Mark Cormier is accused of shoplifting from a sports superstore. By Alicia Barron

MESA - A Mesa police officer has been accused of shoplifting from a Sportsman's Warehouse.

A security manager allegedly saw Officer Mark Cormier take an item from the optics section and leave the store, located at 4164 E. Valley Auto Drive in Mesa, without paying for it.

Officer Cormier has been in the Mesa Police Department for eight years and has never before had disciplinary action taken against him, according to Sgt. Ed Wessing, a spokesman for Mesa police.

Sportsman's Warehouse says it plans to press charges against Cormier, who has denied he stole anything, according to Wessing.

"We hope that the alleged actions of one officer will not reflect poorly on the Department and those who put themselves in harms way each and every day to protect the residents of Mesa," said Darren Lester, a spokesman for Sportsman's Warehouse.

Cormier currently works in the Mesa department's Homeland Security Office, Wessing said. He has been put on administrative reassignment while the investigation takes place.