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Beaverton police lieutenant faces shoplifting charge

A Beaverton police lieutenant is on paid administrative leave after reportedly stealing a $7.99 tube of personal lubricant last month from the Sunset Esplanade Safeway store in Hillsboro.

Lt. Dean Meisner was cited and released Nov. 21 from the Hillsboro Police Department with a third-degree theft charge.

The 24-year veteran of the Beaverton Police Department, who is assigned to the criminal investigations division, is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on Monday, Dec. 19, at 8:30 a.m.

The theft reportedly took place Nov. 2 at 6:15 p.m. at the 2525 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway Safeway store, said Lt. Mike Rouches, public information officer for the Hillsboro Police Department.

A loss prevention employee, who reportedly recognized Meisner, notified the Beaverton Police Department of the incident on Nov. 3. That same day, Meisner was placed on administrative leave, pending both a criminal and internal investigation, said Officer Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman.

Under standard procedure, Beaverton turned the case over to a Hillsboro police detective to investigate.

The loss prevention employee told officials that Meisner entered the store, selected the merchandise, placed it in his pocket and left without paying for it.

'This is an odd situation,' Rouches said. 'It's our understanding (Meisner) was at the store to pick up a prescription, which he paid for.'

While there is no video, a loss prevention employee reportedly witnessed the theft, he added.

A Hillsboro police detective called Meisner on Nov. 9, and the two arranged for Meisner to report to the police department on Nov. 21. Meisner arrived at the Hillsboro station at 11 a.m. that day, where he was issued a citation to appear in court.

Meisner, who has no criminal history, chose not to make a statement, Rouches said.