Alabama corrections officer busted for stealing Pokémon cards from a local Walmart

An Alabama corrections officer was arrested and later fired from his position after he was busted stealing Pokémon cards from a local Walmart, NextShark reported.

Josh Hardy was finishing up his shift at the Calhoun County jail when he carried out the theft.

Walmart’s loss prevention team saw Hardy opening multiple packs of Pokémon cards and stuffing the cards into his pockets. When he tried to leave the store, the team confronted him and he fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Oxford Police officers at a nearby restaurant.

“It is with great embarrassment that we have to report this incident, and Hardy has been terminated from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office,” Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said in a press release. “He has tarnished our agency and the image of all law enforcement. As Sheriff, I promised to be transparent and hold my staff accountable to a standard higher than average citizens.”

As NextShark points out, Pokémon cards are collectables that can fetch high prices for the ones that are rare. Last year, a 1998 Pikachu “Illustrator” holographic card sold for $900,000.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.