Crime

Former CMPD cop is accused of stealing from Harris Teeter. Now he faces even more charges.

Samuel Yaravitz is accused of taking items from five Harris Teeter stores.
Samuel Yaravitz is accused of taking items from five Harris Teeter stores. Mecklenburg County Jail

A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused of shoplifting from a south Charlotte grocery store is now facing at least 42 additional larceny charges, according to court records.

Back in May, Officer Samuel Yaravitz was suspended from the department because he'd been charged with seven counts of larceny. Those charges all came from the same Harris Teeter on Morrison Boulevard near SouthPark Mall, and they allegedly took place between Feb. 13 and May 9, police said.

New charges allege Yaravitz stole from four other Harris Teeters, police announced Wednesday. The other Harris Teeter locations are on Providence Road, East Boulevard, South Sharon Amity Road and Bright Park Drive, police said.

Some of the new charges stem from incidents that happened before Feb. 13. The earliest is dated Jan. 20, according to court records.

The existence of the new charges was first reported by the Observer's news partner, WBTV.

Yaravitz was hired in 1999 and earned more than $71,000 per year, according to salary data provided to the Observer in March. He resigned on May 14, police said. His resignation came after he was suspended without pay.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said Yaravitz drove a marked CMPD patrol car during at least some of the incidents.

Yaravitz has a July court date for the initial seven charges, according to court records.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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