The cop crime wave in America continues Affidavit: SAPD officer arrested for stealing pot, cash and a gun
By Mark D. Wilson : January 9, 2015
SAN ANTONIIO — A San Antonio Police Department officer was arrested Thursday night after allegedly stealing money, drugs and a gun from a man and woman while on duty last week.
Konrad Chatys, 32, faces a charge of theft by a public servant.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Chatys was dispatched to a Dec. 31 disturbance in a parking lot at 7999 Potranco Road where Maxine Flores, 23, and Scott Galindo, 22, had been arguing inside their vehicle.
The affidavit said Chatys separated the pair and placed Galindo in the back of his marked patrol car.
The officer asked Galindo if he had anything illegal inside his car and was told that there was a quarter of a pound of marijuana and a newly purchased rifle, the document said.
Upon searching the car, Chatys located the marijuana and rifle, along with several thousand dollars wrapped in a rubber band, authorities said.
Galindo told authorities that Chatys told him he could be in a lot of trouble for the gun, drugs and money, but that he would “give him a break” because it was the holidays.
The officer then took all the property and put it into his patrol vehicle, the document said.
When Flores pleaded with him to be allowed to keep some of the money because she needed to pay rent, Chatys gave back several hundred dollars, estimated to be about $1,500, according to the report.
The document added that Chatys told the pair he was “letting them get away with too much already.” He told them he intended to confiscate the marijuana but he would tell his supervisors he had simply found it and gun, they later told authorities.
Chatys, a seven-year veteran of SAPD, put the remaining cash in his car and left the scene, the affidavit said.
After leaving, however, Chatys went to his residence in the 1300 block of Range Field before returning to a separate call.
The document said he never placed any of the confiscated items into the SAPD property room.
Flores made a complaint to patrol supervisors against Chatys on Jan. 7.
Concurrent investigations were opened by the department's internal affairs and intelligence units.
Officers executed a search warrant at Chatys’ residence, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.
Chatys has been placed on administrative leave, as is department protocol. Officers are still investigating the incident.
"Actions like this have no place in the SAPD,” said Anthony Treviño, SAPD’s interim chief. “That is why swift and decisive action was taken on this case when we became aware of it. Although the case reflects badly on one individual, it is not a reflection of the over 2000 officers of the SAPD who come to work day in and day out to do the job with pride and integrity."
Chatys was booked into the Bexar County Jail late Thursday night. By 8:30 a.m. Friday, he had been released.