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December 18, 2006

Albany - A former Albany-Dougherty Drug agent, caught stealing from a house he raided, will not spend time in prison.

Corporal Robert Von Mendenhall was arrested  in March and faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

He entered a guilty plea Monday, apologized to the court, and was sentenced to three years probation.

Von Mendenhall, an Albany Police officer assigned to the drug squad, was fired a few days after his arrest.

In court Monday, APD Major Bobby Hooper lashed out at Von Mendenhall saying he was an embarrassment to the department.

While raiding a house March 9th,  Von Mendenhall stole cash from a coat pocket in the house; another drug agent saw him take it and turned him in.

The victim said Von Mendenhall took $3,000. When confronted, Cpl. Von Mendenhall gave back $440.

VonMendenhall worked for APD for eight years, three of those years with the drug squad.

Judge Loring  Gray gave him only probation saying he wanted to honor the fact the officer had enjoyed a good reputation for many years.