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Gov. Christie security officer picked up for shoplifting gun accessories

New Jersey State Trooper William Carvounis, 35, of North Brunswick was shopping at a Cabela’s hunting store in Pennsylvania when he was spotted by the store’s security placing items in his cargo pants.

Carvounis paid for some things at a checkout, but didn’t pay for $267.38 of items including a gun magazine, a pistol grip and a hat, which he was actually wearing. The store’s surveillance cameras recorded the shoplifting attempt.

Pennsylvania’s Tilden Township police arrested Carvounis. Chief William McEllroy told the AP that Carvounis identified himself as a member of NJ Governor Chris Christie’s security detail and asked for the police to look the other way. “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 told the news organization.

But PA’s police were not willing to look the other way as a “professional courtesy,” and Carvounis was arrested. His attorney denies the allegations.


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