December 21, 2014

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Vermilion officer gets suspension for break-in, taking police car

VERMILION — A police officer who allegedly broke into his captain’s office and lied about the incident to police will not be fired, city officials decided last week.

Patrolman Dale Reising was accused of breaking into Vermilion police Capt. Mike Reinheimer’s office in February to steal a set of patrol car keys. He faces a 30-day unpaid suspension from the police force and must take four classes on ethics, liability, justice and report writing on his own time, according to a decision signed last week by Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan.

The Police Department started an investigation in February after Reinheimer found debris covering a cabinet near a wall in his office. According to police, Reising broke into the office through the ceiling during the weekend of Feb. 8, stole a set of patrol car keys and drove the car before replacing the keys in Reinheimer’s office.

Throughout the investigation, police said Reising lied repeatedly about the incident and denied that he broke into the office. When police found that Reising copied the patrol key at Ace Hardware, the patrolman finally admitted to taking the keys and copying them, a report said.

The case was turned over to Law Director Kenneth Stumphauzer, who worked with Bulan to make a decision about Reising’s fate.

On May 12, city officials, the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and Reising came to an agreement that the incident should be handled internally.

“(The theft) did not violate Reising’s sworn duty to protect and serve the citizens of the city of Vermilion,” they wrote in the decision.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.