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Chris Christie Bodyguard Arrested For Shoplifting In Pennsylvania

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A New Jersey state trooper shoplifted gun accessories and attempted to get out of his arrest by telling a Pennsylvania police officer that he would lose his job as a member of Gov. Chris Christie's security detail if charges were filed, a police chief told The Associated Press on Monday.

Trooper William Carvounis, 35, of North Brunswick, N.J., was at a Cabela's sporting goods store on Jan. 8 when he put several items in his cargo pants pockets - including some handgun grips, a pistol magazine and a hat - and put a $29.99 binocular strap in a box for a product worth $19.99, according to a criminal complaint filed by Tilden Officer Dennis Schwoyer.

While Carvounis paid for some items at checkout, he allegedly did not pay for the concealed items, which were worth $267.38.

Tilden Township Chief William McEllroy confirmed the arrest first reported by NewJersey.Watchdog.org, a news website run by an investigative reporter.

Schwoyer filed the charges after Carvounis repeatedly asked for a break, McEllroy told the AP.

"It was, more or less, 'Look, I've got a good job, I'm on the governor's security detail, I don't want to lose my job,' along those lines," McEllroy said.

Carvounis didn't explicitly ask for the break because of his position on the governor's detail; it was "more or less one cop asking another cop for a break multiple times," McEllroy said. He noted that his department's policy forbids such special treatment.

The trooper's attorney, Charles Sciarra, said his client denies he sought special treatment and the underlying shoplifting charges.

He said a police report and the criminal complaint don't mention the trooper asking for a break.

"The initial reports we have don't indicate anything about such a request," said Sciarra, of Hamilton, N.J. "With that said, my client made purchases that day and denies any allegation of any shoplifting. And quite frankly, we see no connection between what's occurred in the store in Pennsylvania and his duties for the New Jersey State Police."

Sciarra confirmed that Carvounis has been suspended from his job. He said "his suspension paperwork from the state police does not mention anything about asking for a courtesy and abusing his position."

Carvounis is charged with two counts of retail theft, online court records show. One is a first-degree misdemeanor that can carry up to five years' in prison, and the other a summary offense, which is similar to a traffic ticket.

The trooper remained free on bond Monday, and court records show he has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning the charges must be disposed of at a trial or through a plea in Berks County Common Pleas Court.

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Helen February 05 2014 at 10:05 AM

set up!

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TODD February 04 2014 at 5:54 PM

surrounds himself with people of high morals

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Bobmonroe3 February 04 2014 at 5:51 PM

It seems that all opf Christies's crowd is hiding something. This guy used his pants.

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Chris and Paul February 04 2014 at 5:48 PM

Thats really nothing in the scop of things..... OBama got on a Bill OReilly interview and lied about most every major issue he was questioned on..... OReilly was way too nice to the liar in chief!

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gershon23 February 04 2014 at 8:25 PM

Chris and Paul....you may want to believe that President Obama "lied" during the Bill O'Reilly interview because that's what you REALLY want to believe, but the truth is you haven't done your homework and you have no proof that the President lied; therefore, you are the one who is further spreading the myths, or let's just say you are the one who is lying.

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JIM ISHOO February 04 2014 at 5:38 PM

hahahahaha..........

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ken herman February 04 2014 at 5:31 PM

And the liberals have called for a full congressional investigation as to when Christie first knew about the shoplifting and if the items stolen were for Christie.

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agranon2 February 04 2014 at 5:30 PM

Another crooked cop. They're all as^h*les as far as I'm concerned.

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boller123 February 04 2014 at 5:34 PM

Sounds like you have a lot of problems with cops, huh? Wounder why?

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ADAM ANTMAN February 04 2014 at 5:19 PM

This is starting to take on the histrionic absurdity of ANTHONY WEENIE! If any 'pictures' of Christie wind up on the net, I'll be boycotting the net! EEEWWWWWW!!!!!!

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palmbeachherbs February 04 2014 at 5:01 PM

Scum attracts scum. Just don't vote for this fat piece of crap, nuff said.

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ladoinstevenson February 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

NO NO NO IS WRONG IS WRONG,DO RIGHT THING.

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