A correctional officer in Alabama was arrested and subsequently terminated from his position after being caught stealing Pokémon cards over the weekend. Officer Josh Hardy, who was still in uniform and had just completed his shift at the Calhoun County jail, committed the alleged theft at a Walmart store in Oxford.
According to Sheriff Matthew Wade, Walmart's loss prevention team observed Hardy opening multiple packs of Pokémon cards and placing individual cards into his pockets. Hardy was confronted by the team when he tried to leave the store without paying for the items. He fled on foot but was apprehended by officers from the Oxford Police Department at a nearby restaurant. The stolen Pokémon cards were recovered from his possession.
Sheriff Wade expressed his disappointment in a news release, stating that Hardy's actions have tarnished the agency's image and the reputation of all law enforcement. As a result, Hardy has been terminated from his position at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Pokémon cards are considered collectibles, and some limited-edition cards can become very valuable over time. In Japan, there have been several cases of Pokémon card thefts this year alone. These incidents highlight the popularity and high value of these collectible cards.
This incident serves as a reminder that even those responsible for enforcing the law are not immune to temptation. It is important for individuals in positions of authority to uphold a higher standard of conduct and to be held accountable for their actions.